Police Stress Traffic Safety As Schools Reopen

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Verona’s public schools reopen for the 2018-2019 school year on Wednesday, September 5, and the Verona Police Department has been working with school officials to make sure traffic safety rules are clear to parents, including one very big change: You won’t be able to exit the driveway at H.B. Whitehorne onto Gould Street during drop-off and pick-up times.

The exit on the north side of the Verona Public Library was closed to traffic last year when the library expansion project started. It is open now, but it will be blocked by traffic cones during drop-off and pick-up times, which Det. Joel Martin believes will improve traffic safety on Gould Street. “It eliminates the crossing guard having to worry about exiting HBW traffic and Gould Street at the same time,” he says. Det. Martin hopes that parents will avoid the HBW driveway altogether and use Gould or the municipal parking lot behind Terry’s Drugs instead.

Principals are sending emails to parents and guardians about the traffic safety rules at each school, with the key rule being that parking for drop off or pick up at any painted yellow curb is prohibited. Drivers should also not exit their cars to get children out of or into them. Verona police officers will be monitoring drop offs at all schools this week, and are prepared to issue warnings and tickets. 

There are 29 crossing guard posts in Verona, chosen after a study of pedestrian traffic at each location, and Det. Martin hopes students will plan their route to school around them. (MyVeronaNJ has created a map of all the posts here.) There are different operating times for each post and drivers should know that when there is a delayed opening, the morning post will be 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. The posts are:

  1. Bloomfield Avenue at Lakeside*, 7:30-8:30 a.m., 2:45-4:15 p.m.
  2. Bloomfield Avenue at Montrose*, 7:30-8:30 a.m., 2:45-4:15 p.m.
  3. Bloomfield Avenue at Grove*, 7:30-8:30 a.m., 2:45-4:15 p.m.
  4. Montrose at Hill Street*, 7:30-8:30 a.m., 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  5. Grove Avenue at F.N. Brown, 7:45-8:45 a.m., 12:15-12:45 p.m., 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  6. Gould Street at the Civic Center, 7:30-8:30 a.m., 2:45-3:45 p.m.
  7. Grove Avenue at Linden, 7:45-8:45 a.m., 2:45-3:45 p.m.
  8. Franklin Street at Brookside, 7:45-8:45 a.m., 2:45-3:45 p.m.
  9. Grove Avenue at Sampson, 7:30-8:30 a.m., 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  10. Grove Avenue at Lynwood, 7:45-8:45 a.m., 2:45-3:45 p.m.
  11. Fairview Avenue at Personette, 7:30-8:30 a.m., 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  12. Gould Street at Personette, 7:30-8:30 a.m., 2:45-3:45 p.m.
  13. Forest Avenue at Pease, 7:45-8:45 a.m., 2:45-3:45 p.m.
  14. South Prospect Street at Pease, 7:45-8:45 a.m., 2:45-3:45 p.m.
  15. Pease at Peters Lane, 7:45-8:45 a.m., 2:45-3:45 p.m.
  16. Forest Avenue at Marion, 7:45-8:45 a.m., 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  17. Forest Avenue at Morningside, 7:45-8:45 a.m., 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  18. Forest Avenue at Hillside, 7:45-8:45 a.m., 2:45-3:45 p.m.
  19. Forest Avenue at Gerdes, 7:45-8:45 a.m., 2:45-3:45 p.m.
  20. Sunset Avenue at Park, 7:45-8:45 a.m., 2:45-3:45 p.m.
  21. Sunset Avenue at Wayland, 7:45-8:45 a.m., 2:45-3:45 p.m.
  22. Brookdale Avenue at Brookdale Avenue School, 7:45-8:45 a.m., 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  23. Claremont Avenue at Elmwood, 7:45-8:45 a.m., 2:45-3:45 p.m.
  24. Lanning Road at Elmwood, 7:45-8:45 a.m., 2:30-3:30 p.m. 
  25. Linden Avenue at Otsego, 7:45-8:45 a.m., 2:45-3:45 p.m.
  26. Otsego Road at Newman, 7:45-8:45 a.m., 2:45-3:45 p.m.
  27. Otsego Road at Lanning, 7:45-8:45 a.m., 2:30-3:30 p.m. 
  28. Claremont Avenue at Otsego, 7:45-8:45 a.m., 2:45-3:45 p.m.
  29. Claremont Avenue at Cumberland, 7:30-8:30 a.m., 2:45-3:45 p.m.

(Posts with * will be staffed if Our Lady of the Lake School is open, even if Verona Public Schools are closed.)

“Verona is a walkable town and Verona drivers can make a difference with traffic safety,” says Det. Martin. “We hope they will be role models for safety.”

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citranohttps://myveronanj.com
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Forbes.com. Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected].

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