The following letter was sent to the Office of the Ocean County Engineer by a concerned Lakehurst resident.
To whom it may concern:
I am a resident in and live at the crossroad of Orchard Street and Manapaqua Avenue. I have inquired in the past regarding the response of the county to get a lined crosswalk for our section of Manapaqua and was told it was not possible. I am again requesting this be considered as we now have 15 children in the nine houses on the Burger King side of Manapaqua who hazard their lives daily to cross Manapaqua onto Orchard sidewalks to go to school and on their way home.
As a mom of three, I watched in amazement as a painted crosswalk was done further down Manapaqua but my request was dismissed since there is no sidewalk connector. That is incorrect — we have sidewalks and they can be connected. Even some street signs would be better than the traffic flying off of Route 70 onto Manapaqua in the mornings headed to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst or the Catholic church.
I implore you to come out and show me, as taxpayer, resident and parent why we cannot have a lined crosswalk to protect our children. The church people do not slow down nor do they stop for our children. We are going to have a disaster happen and I don't want to wait for something bad to occur before you take action. There has to be some type of rememdy you can offer in this matter.