New Providence, New Jersey: Final Adoption of the New Speed Limit Ordinance Postponed due to NMA involvement

The Borough Council decided to postpone the final reading and public hearing of the ordinance (#2021-006) amending speed limits on certain borough streets at its Tuesday, April 27 Zoom meeting. The final adoption was halted when a Berkeley Heights resident questioned whether or not proper engineering studies have been conducted to support the speed limit changes.

Stephen G. Carrellas, P.E., Director of Government and Public Affairs of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Motorists Association, addressed the council regarding the proposed speed limit changes. He pointed out that the borough “doesn’t use a mark-up format for ordinances to note changes” which would provide more clarity and transparency regarding the proposed changes.

Carallas also said that the proposed 35 mph speed limit zone on Mountain Avenue between Glenside Road/South Street to Division Avenue should be corrected. “The segment starting just east of Glenside to just west of Murray Hill Boulevard is entirely within the jurisdiction of Berkeley Heights and has a 40 mph speed limit per the Berkeley Heights municipal code.”