Traffic-related changes coming to North Bergen and Secaucus

Bus stop realignments and stop signs ahead

Some traffic-related changes are coming to North Bergen and Secaucus.

The first change involves adding a stop sign to the intersection of Liberty Avenue and 47th Street in North Bergen. The sign will be on Liberty Avenue facing northbound traffic.

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Mayor Nicholas Sacco and the North Bergen Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to adopt the ordinance to erect the stop sign at their September 7 meeting. The intersection was “deemed to be of particular hazard,” according to the ordinance.

Meanwhile, the township has also adjusted some bus stops as it installed new angled parking on Bergenline Avenue. The board voted unanimously at an August 17 meeting to approve a resolution authorizing the relocation of and elimination of some bus stops in the township on that street.

The converted parking pattern created the need for loading zones in certain locations on Bergenline Avenue, which would be best located where there are existing bus stops, according to the resolution. On Bergenline Avenue, from 76th Street to 80th Street, there is a bus stop on every block, which the township noted in the resolution was “excessive and occupies possible parking locations for residents and businesses.”

Bus stop realignment in North Bergen

The township’s Parking Authority Administration and the North Bergen Police Department’s Traffic Division have determined that certain bus stops should be moved and others eliminated, according to the resolution.

The resolution names the following locations as the new bus stops on Bergenline Avenue: northbound, on the east side of the street at 71st Street; southbound, on the west side of the street at 72nd Street; northbound, on the east side of the street at 75th Street; southbound, on the west side of the street at 76th Street; and northbound, on the east side of the street at 79th Street.

According to the resolution, some bus stops are eliminated on Bergenline including: southbound, on the west side of the street at 72nd Street (at the southern curb); northbound, on the east side of the street at 72nd Street; northbound, on the east side of the street at 74th Street; southbound, on the west side of the street at 76th Street (southern curb); southbound, on the west side of the street at 78th Street; and northbound, on the east side of the street at 78th Street.

One bus stop will be extended to 105 feet in length, that being on Bergenline Avenue, southbound, on the west side of the street at 74th Street. The new bus stops are all 105 feet in length, up from 100 feet.

Redundant bus stop removed in Secaucus

Mayor Michael Gonnelli and the Secaucus Town Council voted to adopt an ordinance to remove a superfluous bus stop on Meadowlands Parkway, near the intersection of the street and Harmon Plaza, at a late August meeting after the measure was introduced in July.

Town Administrator Gary Jeffas told the Hudson Reporter that there is a bus stop by Krauszer’s Food and Liquor at 40 Meadowlands Parkway and another by the Harmon Square shopping center at 38 Meadowlands Parkway. The town is consolidating the stops into one.

The reason is that the bus stops are very close to one another on Meadowlands Parkway. Jeffas said it’s confusing, so the town is deleting one bus stop so everyone knows to go to the sole, other stop.

The solution to calm the confusion would not be a major detriment to any riders, since the stops are in close proximity. Jeffas said they were approximately only 40 feet away.

For updates on this and other stories, check www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at disrael@hudsonreporter.com.

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