Police Announce Lakeside “Speed Initiative”


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Lakeside Avenue near Bloomfield Avenue

You may have noticed the speed monitoring trailer at Lakeside Avenue close to its intersection with Bloomfield Avenue, along with more police cars in the vicinity.

According to Police Chief Doug Huber, they are part of Verona’s plan to lower the speed limit on Lakeside to 35 miles per hour from 40. As Huber explained at Monday night’s town council meeting, since Lakeside is a county road, Essex County must approve lowering the limit and it will only do so if Verona can show data proving that speeds are not too high now to support a reduction.

Huber said he is confident that the town can show speeds that will justify a reduction, and says that the intensive police presence there should help to keep speeds down. His goal is to implement a new 35 mph limit, with county approval, when the new pedestrian-activated signal is installed on Lakeside near Hillside Avenue. That new signal is now going out to bid and should be installed before school starts in September, according to Township Engineer Jim Helb.

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Julia Martin Langan
Julia Martin Langan
Julia Martin Langan moved to Verona in 1989. A long-time journalist, she has been on the staff of Money, Sports Illustrated, Bride’s and Redbook magazines. Her articles on health and parenting appear in a variety of national publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, Parents, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar, Self and Family Circle. She and her husband Greg have three school-aged children, and are members of Our Lady of the Lake Church. You can reach Julia at [email protected]


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