Stafford Seeking Remedies for High-Risk Intersection


on Thursday, Sept. 17, a motor automobile collision occurred on Route 72 at the intersection of Barnacle Travel. (Courtesy of Stafford Township Law enforcement Section)
Stafford Township’s most hazardous intersection, at Route 72 and Barnacle Push near the entrance of the Health and fitness Village health-related office environment developing, was the website of another incident on the early morning of Thursday, Sept. 17.
Sandra Kearns, 70, of Barnegat, driving a Honda CRV, was on Barnacle and tried to generate across 72 into the entrance of Wellbeing Village. That is not allowed there in 2018, a cement island and new signage have been installed to make Barnacle a right-in/proper-out-only roadway.
Kearns’ CRV crashed into an eastbound Toyota Camry driven by Kathleen Chmielewski, 63, of Whiting. The Camry, with a crushed entrance conclude, landed on the entrance garden of Atria Assisted Dwelling. Visitors was diverted for about fifty percent an hour.
In accordance to Stafford police, Kearns declined any medical therapy, but the two Kathleen Chmielewski and her spouse, Carl, sustained really serious accidents and ended up flown by Life Flight to the trauma centre at AtlantiCare Regional Healthcare Middle in Atlantic Metropolis, wherever they are presently in ICU. Neither was carrying a seat belt at the time of the accident.
Ordinarily the difficulties at that intersection contain improper still left turns. The most modern big mishaps there were in 2017 and 2019. Other folks have been insignificant, with no injuries claimed and involving some driver error other than an improper left-hand turn.
Every time the police report an accident in that place, the public responds with pleas for a site visitors sign.
Mayor Greg Myhre stated, “We are hunting into safety steps that we could quite possibly insert on Barnacle Push to make that intersection improved. Barnacle Generate is a township-owned road, so our pros are wanting to see what may perhaps be finished there.”
The incidents there have a tendency to show up to be extra intense, Police Lt. James Vaughn described after final year’s accident, because the posted pace restrict on 72, a point out highway, is 55 miles for every hour.
“Fortunately, the updated website traffic sample has helped cut down the quantity and severity of accidents,” he claimed. “Furthermore, we strongly stimulate all drivers to obey the traffic signs and comply with the current traffic pattern.”
In accordance to Steve Schapiro, deputy director of communications with the New Jersey Division of Transportation, “The system to get a new targeted traffic sign (on a point out road these kinds of as Route 72) begins with a request from the municipality in the sort of a Resolution of Assist, which incorporates a expense-sharing agreement of 25 percent from the municipality to deal with the electrical construction function. NJDOT will appraise the ask for and identify what the best study course of action is. After the Division has concluded our investigation, if the signal satisfies the criteria and is warranted, a task would be built to put in the sign, which would be performed by NJDOT staff.
He additional, “NJDOT has not received any requests for a targeted visitors sign at Route 72 and Barnacle Drive.”  —V.F.

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