Route 47, Fulling Mill Road signal delayed

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CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – A traffic signal at Route 47 and Fulling Milling Road has hung lightless for several weeks, and township officials said at Monday’s committee meeting that compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements could keep light dim for another couple of weeks.

 “New ADA compliance rules mean that the light has to be re-engineered,” said Mayor Tim Donohue.

Connie Mahon, business administrator, said the state Department of Transportation plans to contact the county with more information about the signal’s activation date sometime this week.

“I spoke with the engineer,” Mahon said, “and it’s on the desk of the next engineer.”

Mahon said the compliance issues have to do with the push-button actuators on the signal, better known as the button for a walk signal.

“There are a lot of desks in Trenton,” Donohue said.

Committeeman Michael Clark noted that this is another dangerous area of Route 47, and that a functioning light at the intersection may have saved lives this year on the state road.

Earlier this month, a Gloucester County woman was killed on impact after the Ford Taurus driven by her friend drifted off the roadway and struck a tree.

In April, two people were killed, and two injured in a high speed collision on Route 47, south of the Wildwood Water Works bend.

According to an earlier press release from the township, design changes to conform to ADA requirements have been submitted to the state for review and approval.

Several phone calls and emails to the state DOT from the Gazette seeking comment on specific issues with the signal and an activation date were not returned by presstime.

 


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