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Speed Limit Set on Nutley's Franklin Avenue

The Nutley Board of Commissioners officially designate all of Franklin Avenue at a residential speed limit of 25 miles per hour.

Nutley officials are setting the speed limit on Franklin Avenuie at 25 miles per hour to make it easier for police enforce speeding violations.

The ordinance, introduced at the Feb. 19 Nutley Board of Commissioners public meeting, establishes a 25 mph speed limit on Franklin Avenue from the Belleville border to the Clifton border.

Mayor Alphonse Petracco and Commissioner Thomas Evans invited the township's traffic expert to explain the reasons behind the proposed change.

Jack Barry, a township employee who oversees traffic regulations, said the change was neeeded because the state changed changed the legal category of Franklin Avenue.

"We are establishing the residential speed limit of 25, since Franklin Avenue is no longer considered a suburban road," Barry said. "As a rule, suburban roads have a speed limit of 35 miles per hour, this has not been true for a long time. We have been enforcing 25 miles per hour for the last 40 years."

Officials said the change should improve pedestrian safety on the avenue, where so much of the township's businesses are located, since signs will be clear and motorists will be ticketed for speeding according to the new ordinance.

"In Belleville, down by Hendricks Golf Course, the road is much wider, which makes it more of a suburban street, so it makes sense for the speed limit to be 35 down there," Barry said. "But it chokes right down into one narrow lane in Nutley, so the change makes good sense."

The change will become official after a public hearing on the ordinance at the March 19 public commissioners meeting.

john reese February 25, 2013 at 01:29 PM
the speed limit thing is just a way for nutley intimidating police to stop more cars and also for the town to make more money to do nothing with.they should be worried about fixing the potholes in the streetsinstead of costing their resdients more money if they get stopped.
Belleville Sentinel February 26, 2013 at 04:58 AM
It would be in the best interests of both Nutley and Belleville to make the speed limit along the entire length of Franklin Ave a uniform 25 mph. Having 35 mph near School #10 and the throttling effect northbound as one approaches the Franklin Plaza only serves to add to the risks for both pedestrians and motorists.
Lynn May 20, 2013 at 07:27 PM
Just wondering when there will be 25 mph speed limit signs posted along Franklin Avenue, both northbound and southbound. Currently, if i am not mistaken, there are no speed limit signs at all along Franklin Avenue from Belleville through Nutley into Clifton. I think it is a wonderful safety law, yet how can it be enforced if the drivers along that route have no signs to alert them to the speed limit?

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