Fiocchi joins call for rumble strip on Route 47

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Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi has added his voice to the call for a rumble strip down the center of Route 47 in Middle Township, joining the Township Committee and Fire District No. 1 in asking the state Department of Transportation to make improvements to the road.

Three fatalities this year on Route 47 have brought together lawmakers, firefighters and others to renew a district call to the state to make the road safer for motorists.

Last week, Township Committeeman Michael Clark, also a volunteer firefighter and president of county Firemen’s Association, sent a letter to state Sen. Jeff Van Drew asking the senator to intercede with the state Department of Transportation to add a rumble strip down the center of the highway.

On Tuesday, Van Drew responded, saying that he and Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak petitioned the state DOT to evaluate and expedite the placement of rumble strips, additional traffic lights, additional no passing zones, the straightening of curves in the road as well as speed limitations to help eliminate the hazards on Route 47.

Although all three represent Cape May County as part of the 1st District, Fiocchi, a Republican, is on the other side of the aisle from Democrats Van Drew and Andrzejczak.

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.

“There have been enough injuries and fatalities along this section of Route 47 over the years to warrant preventative action,” Fiocchi said.

“Safety is our number one concern on roads and highways, especially this part of Route 47 which is notorious for serious accidents. A rumble strip is a sensible approach that will make this road less dangerous. Installing it can’t happen fast enough.”

Fiocchi indicated Route 47 is included as one of the roads in DOT's centerline Rumble Strip - South project, with a $4.6 million contract expected to be awarded in November.

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