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Lakehurst Mayor Asks for County Help with Manapaqua Avenue Concerns

Mayor Harry Robbins has made requests in writing to Freeholders

After numerous complaints over the safety of a heavily-traveled county road in , the borough's mayor has asked for help.

Residents have often complained that the 35 mph speed limit along Manapaqua Avenue — a main thoroughfare frequently used by residents and churchgoers traveling on the north side of the borough — is too high and often ignored by motorists.

Mayor Harry Robbins said at a borough council meeting last week that he has written to Ocean County Freeholder John P. Kelly, Law and Public Safety chairman, asking for help.

"Jack, this stretch of road is heavy populated with small children and a lot of curb side side parking. This is also a walking route for school," Robbins writes. "And if that's not bad enough, this road houses two churches which generates a lot of traffic."

Manapaqua often becomes clogged with traffic when Saint John's Roman Catholic Church and Harmony Ministries, the two churches on Chestnut Street — the road into which Manapaqua turns — hold services. Residents have raised the issue of road safety with borough administrators before. 

Robbins said that he has received "a few complaints" about the roadway and has viewed reader comments on Manchester Patch asking the borough for help. 

Resident April Chillemi has asked for that crosswalk to be added and said that a county representative will be meeting with her this week to discuss safety concerns.

"We are going to have a disaster happen and I don't want to wait for something bad to occur before you take action,"  in a letter to the editor submitted earlier this month. 

The mayor said that he has requested three changes to the roadway — reduce the speed limit from 35 mph to 25 mph, install a crosswalk at the road's intersection with Orchard Street, and install rumble strips on three spots along the road. 

"[Rumble strips] make noise — they're not a speed bump," Robbins said. "We can't put speed bumps there."

As a county roadway, any changes made must be made through county officials.

"So, we'll see where that goes," Robbins said.

tax paying concerned citizen April 24, 2012 at 12:32 PM
It's about time. The Mayor has really heard our concerns and that's great to hear! Hopefully the county will come through.
tax paying concerned citizen April 24, 2012 at 02:09 PM
The PD needs to ENFORCE existing and future speed limits...seems that whenever there is a church function...there is no PD. There are plenty of other areas on Manapaqua Ave to park and run radar other than the Harmony parking lot.
time4achange April 24, 2012 at 04:55 PM
maybe somebody should request a computer print out of their enforcement on this road.
time4achange April 24, 2012 at 04:57 PM
for like the month of april just to see what they are doing about this issue at the next council meeting
tax paying concerned citizen April 25, 2012 at 12:57 PM
sounds like a town official talking here...maybe it should be printed out for the next meeting...lets see
onthecuff April 25, 2012 at 01:26 PM
I completely agree with you. I live on the main strip of Union and Brown Avenue. Its amazing to see the people fly down the road, especially past the Post office. Its a major cut through and they not only have to lower the speed limit, but put more radar on the road...
onthecuff April 25, 2012 at 01:30 PM
The speed limits in Lakehurst need to be reduced throughout the entire town. Even route 70. People that are not locals in Lakehurst FLY through this town especially with the cut threws, That would include Cedar Street and the main Strip Union and Brown Avenues. The speed limit on the main strip is 35, even past the school.... The entire strip should be 25 and should be radar enforced. If its a county road, then have the State come and set up radar as well. Its a serious problem. I see the elderly barely make it across the street at the Post Office because some idiot is flying down the road and refuses to stop....
BettyBoop April 25, 2012 at 01:53 PM
You're right, the town of Lakehurst is VERY small and those of us that live here,know the speed limits, if however, you're a commuter passing thru Lakehurst on RT 70, if you don't hit any lights, it takes about 3 mins to pass thru Lakehurst lol, this is why I agree with you, the people that are just passing thru here, "fly" thru as if it's not even on the map !, I think they forget that this IS a real town and that all of the rules that apply elsewhere also apply HERE as well ! For example, 25 MPH in a school zone etc
tax paying concerned citizen April 25, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Maybe the Police Chief will read this? Let's do some thing here...It's obvious many residents have had enough!
tax paying concerned citizen April 25, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Posting an officer at the corner of Orchard and Rte.70 every Sunday DOES NOT enforce the speeding...all that does is control the timing of the traffic light.
tax paying concerned citizen April 25, 2012 at 02:54 PM
It really amazes me that in order to get something done...one must raise concerns to the point where the town labels you as a "complainer". Seems that there is always finger pointing going on. Everyone wants to pass the buck. Isn't the PD's first concern...SAFETY? Well...that's for every resident in town. Lets get out from behind the desk and hit the pavement already. Town has six or seven cars...lets use them!
BettyBoop April 25, 2012 at 03:25 PM
The Lakehurst Police dept is really good actually, I guess my point was that this town is so small, that unless a police officer is sitting RIGHT there when it happens, someone who is speeding thru town, is in and out of this town so damned fast, that there is NO time to stop a lot of the drivers that break the law speeding thru town. Drivers that can SEE a police car sitting at the circle automatically slow down ( we all know that because we ALL do that :) is an effective way of reminding drivers to SLOW down, obviously we have a small police dept and they can't "babysit" the rt 70 circle all the time but your idea to have the officers just drive around town more often, would be a good deterrent to speeders who figure because this town is so little, they'll be in and out b4 they can get caught ! So I like your idea !
tax paying concerned citizen April 25, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Maybe I will videotape the speeders and the PD...if they are there...and present that at a council meeting. It's not just speeding. It's also traveling in the opposite lane, parking vehicles half on the sidewalks, church civilians directing traffic on Sundays. Parking a Police car for 5 mins will not change anything.
ballyjduf April 26, 2012 at 06:09 PM
LPD IS TO BUSY PROFILING RT 70 . TOO MANY DOLLARS AT STAKE
Josh May 08, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Good job Bally get those pom poms going again!!!
Josh May 08, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Bally J Duff is a worm who has an issue with LPD and is a coward so he uses his fake screen name to take cheap shots because he has no guts to say what he feels at a council meeting UR A COWARD!!!

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