Kinderkamack Road Traffic Calming Measures in River Edge Coming

Roadway stanchions should be installed before end of year

Plans to install 11 roadway stanchions along Kinderkamack Road and Midland Avenue should be completed by the end of the year in River Edge as borough officials look to make the main thoroughfaires safer to pedestrians.

The crosswalk pedestrian stanctions would be located where Kinderkamack Road meets with: Midland Avenue, Lincoln Avenue, Continental Avenue, Madison Avenue, Voorhis Avenue, Howland Avenue, Reservoir Avenue, Main Street and Grand Avenue. Additional stanchions would be placed at the intersections of Midland Avenue and Bogert Road and Midland Avenue and Myrtle Avenue.

According to Police Chief Thomas Cariddi, the installation had been delayed to allow the Department of Public Works additional time to complete Hurricane Sandy clean-up efforts and leaf pick-up.

The borough is also hoping to work in conjuction with County officials to perform a traffic study in hopes of lowering the speed limit on Kinderkamack Road to 25 miles per hour.

A traffic study, which was last completed in 2008, determined that the average speed limit on Kinderkamack Road in River Edge was 33mph, which is under the posted limit. The highest prevailing speed limit was measured at 38mph.

The current speed limit on Kinderkamack Road is 35mph although Oradell and Hackensack have their speed limit for the county road set at 25mph.

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Linda Courain December 05, 2012 at 02:28 PM
People really need to obey the law when driving, vehicles constantly drive by the cross walk on Kindercamack by the Post Office ignoring pedestrians. When I stop, they try to pass me on the right or blow their horns at me. There is also a major problem with people passing on the right when someone is making a left hand turn. Cars, SUV’s and even buses have passed me on the right when I stop on Kindercamack to make a left hand turn onto my street (Monroe Avenue). They use the Basket Case and Sanduccis’s driveway as added space to move pass. It’s very dangerous. I now make a left at Continental and drive the extra blocks. I hope the new speed limit is approved!
RB December 05, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Enforcing the 25 mph speed limit will be almost impossible just like on Bogert road from Continental to Rt 4 - rarely enforced with all the kids living on Bogert and 2 schools.
Robert Prol December 05, 2012 at 02:36 PM
They have proven totally ineffective in Oradell. The only thing these are good for is ... wait, I'm still thinking. If you want to slow traffic down and protect pedestrians, put in "chokers", which shorten the distance from one side of the road to the other, and force cars to slow down. A safer speed would be 15 MPH. http://trafficcalming.org/measures/chokers/
Todd vandeweghe December 05, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Does the Oradell Police Department agree with the statement the " stanchions are inefective"? Do other towns that have red light cameras find them effective for safety? I am sure they generate revenue but I heard they increase rear end collisions. If the average speed is 33 mph on Kinderkamack then I think 35 is the appropriate speed limit. With little traffic the speed limit protects pedestrians. If traffic is heavy speed is limited by volume again protecting pedestrians. Pedestrians should cross at the crosswalks and wear appropriate colored clothing at night. A pet peeve. Busses that do not use signals. They drive the whole way down Kinderkamack with the flashers on. You do not know if they are going to stay stopped or pull out.
Robert Prol December 05, 2012 at 05:46 PM
I'm a pedestrian, and bicycle driver in Oradell. I'm saying the stanchions are ineffective. The UK has implemented 15 MPH speeds in down towns, and implemented "choker" pedestrian crossings. Accidents dropped dramatically. With slower speeds, more people will look for alternate ways to get around, or not make frivolous drives of less than a mile multiple times a day. They'll try to run all of their errands at the same time. Every car on the road equals a lower quality of life for the residents.
Susan Licata December 05, 2012 at 06:59 PM
River Edge residents, Its time to make our small business area safer for our pedestrians. Let get out and walk to support our area businesses so they can stay in business and our tax rate will stop going UP! Lower the speed limit, create safer sidewalks near our business area and install the stanchions. Kinderkamack is the face of our town. Its time its cared for.
Susan Battersby December 05, 2012 at 11:26 PM
My question would be, why do we need these stanchions at intersections where there are traffic lights? That seems like a waste of money, cross KKK Rd. when the light says you can cross.
GGT December 06, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Susan Licatta: First we need to have a business area that we can walk to, which we do not. for most residents, its Dunkin Donuts by the north end of town, and then CVS towrds the center of town, with perhaps a trip to a dry cleaners, and then occasionally to Total Wines. That really is the extent of the business area in River Edge for most people on a regular basis. Susam Battersby; Because there are not enough traffic lights on KKR to begin with.
River Edger December 06, 2012 at 06:49 PM
RB: I'm with you 100%. The speeding is far more dangerous on Bogert Road. 40 MPH is commonplace. There are no measures to curtail it.


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