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Saturday, May 25, 2024

Lower Speed Limit Eyed for Portion of Route 94


The pace may continue slowing down in Blairstown, as the speed limit on State Route 94 may be lowered south of the business district.

At its October meeting, the Township Land Use Board endorsed a resolution passed by the
Township Committee, which agreed with the state Department of Transportation’s proposal to lower Route 94’s speed limit.

The plan calls for changing the top speed form 50 mph to 45 mph between just south of Main Street to Eldan Place, a distance of just less than a mile.

The stretch includes several curves as well as a number of businesses such as Dollar General, Tractor Supply and other smaller stores and restaurants. The township municipal complex, which includes the Police Department and First Aid Squad is also located along the segment.

Several Land Use Board members agreed with the plan because of the number of left turns
these locations necessitate, unlike stretches of 94 further south, which run largely along
farmland.

No timetable for the change was indicated.

The Route 94 proposal comes about two years after speed limit reductions and other traffic
pattern changes were instituted in the Blairstown Village area.

After the township took over jurisdiction of Bridge Street and High Street from the county, the speed limits were lowered to 15 mph from 20. At the same time, Main Street was changed to a one-way thoroughfare, running from west to east. Additional stop signs were also placed on Bridge Street and High Street.

Joe Phalon
Joe Phalon, Contributing Writer
Contributing Writer

Joe was lured out of retirement by the opportunity to be a part of the Ridge View Echo. During a decades-long career in publishing and journalism, he has covered government on many levels from local school boards to the United States Supreme Court.

Along the way, Joe has worked at American Lawyer Magazine, The National Law Journal and The Record among other publications, and as the Press Officer of Columbia Law School. His work has been recognized with several first place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the New Jersey Press Association.

Being part of the Ridge View Echo brings Joe back to his roots and the kind of news coverage he loves: Telling the stories of people and local communities as well as keeping an eye on how their money is spent by their government officials.

Joe lives in Blairstown with his wife Rose, the founder of Quilting for a Cause, and their two wiener dogs. He is an artist in his spare time.