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Route 46 Pedestrian Fencing Slated for Cleaning and Repair

Fence was installed by the state in 2009 but since has fallen into disrepair.

A fence erected by the New Jersey Department of Transportation four years ago to save pedestrian lives has become more of an eyesore than a lifesaver, but thanks to a program of the Morris County Sheriff's office, its condition may improve soon.

The fence was installed in 2009 on the island between the east- and westbound lanes of Route 46, beginning approximately at Arlington Plaza and extending to Dunkin' Donuts, after several pedestrian-involved motor vehicle accidents, including one incident in which a person died.

As years passed, the quality of the fencing deteriorated, and some pedestrians reportedly climbed through holes that developed in the fencing in an effort to avoid walking to the crosswalk. During the Feb. 5 Town Council meeting, some residents pointed out that in addition to these holes, the fence is marred by the appearance of litter and debris. And because some walkers opt to take a short cut through the fence, they continue to put themselves and motorists in potential danger.

“Keeping Parsippany clean and educating the public on pedestrian safety is the easy part," Mayor James Barberio said in a news release. "It’s not so easy to get the call when a pedestrian has been struck by a motorist and is severely or fatally injured.”

According to his office's statement, Barberio contacted Morris County Sheriff Edward Rochford to request that the "unsightly island" be cleaned up by Sheriff's Labor Assistance Program workers. The mayor said Sheriff Rochford agreed to schedule SLAP workers to clean the area in the near future.

Barberio also said he also plans to ask NJDOT to repair the fence and implement a plan to better manage debris that collects in the area.

Robyn M. February 21, 2013 at 01:44 AM
The Mayor is (unfortunately) the spokesperson for our Town and should be able to create an appealing atmosphere for those of us who live here, whether it's via town resources or by working on the town's behalf at the state or county level. Most importantly: No one deserves to die crossing the street!
Mike February 21, 2013 at 02:59 AM
Didn't Frank P. get all the cops that have been retiring or soon to be retiring the lucrative contracts that are costing us dearly?????
VietNam Vet February 21, 2013 at 06:05 AM
I have to agree!
VietNam Vet February 21, 2013 at 06:12 AM
Ohh Beth, give it a rest for awhile, nobody is worring about the schools today. There are more things to worry about in this town. If you want things cleaned up so bad, why don't you and the rest of the mommies get together and pool your money and pay for it yourselves, just like I was told by this townyears back when I had my business.
Jim Bradley February 22, 2013 at 11:46 PM
Just a question. How many Pedestrian Accidents have occurred since the installation of the fence? Also, by having the area cleaned up by the SLAP Program, will that not save the township some tax dollars? Which should not be spent by the town on a state highway in a state that is currently having Budget problems?

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