Just how dangerous is Rt. 440?

A pedestrian, whose name had not been released at press time, was killed by a motorist on Rt. 440 between 21st and 22nd Streets at around 10 p.m. pm Wednesday, November 7, according to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office. The death was the fifth on Rt. 440 since 2014 and the 19th in Hudson County this year.

A 21-year-old Bayonne man driving a 2004 Acura TL, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, according to the prosecutor’s office. He was arrested at 1:15 a.m.

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That area of Rt. 440 separates the residential East Side neighborhood of Bayonne from Bayonne Crossings, a shopping center where many residents shop and work. Crossing at the intersection can be a nightmare, as the Bayonne Community News detailed in a Jan. 2017 story titled, “Is Route 440 Safe to Cross?” Pedestrians cross a wide road separated by a meridian. A new crossing signal was installed, but that may not suffice for many residents.

Long-time hopes of a pedestrian overpass at 34th Street may one day come to fruition. The Bayonne City Council passed a resolution to look for a company to perform a “local concept development study” at a Nov. 7 meeting to explore the possibility of building the pedestrian walkway.

As the eastern side of Rt. 440 becomes a more traveled destination for residents living in Bayonne’s center, with a ferry terminal, Costco, and other commercial and residential buildings planned, residents will need a safe route to get there.

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