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Right on Red Banned at Saddle River Rd., Fair Lawn Ave.

The Fair Lawn Council approved an ordinance prohibiting right on red turns at the intersection in an effort to improve pedestrian safety.

Fair Lawn has banned right on red turns at the intersection of Saddle River Road with Fair Lawn Avenue and Dunkerhook Road. Photo: Jim Leggate.
Fair Lawn has banned right on red turns at the intersection of Saddle River Road with Fair Lawn Avenue and Dunkerhook Road. Photo: Jim Leggate.
Fair Lawn officials banned right on red turns at an intersection where several pedestrians have been hit by cars in recent years.

The borough council approved last week the ordinance banning right on red turns at the intersection of Saddle River Road with Fair Lawn Avenue and Dunkerhook Road, where there are three bus stops, a temple and a bike path.

The signs will go up as soon as they receive the go-ahead from county officials, according to Mayor John Cosgrove.

Sam Racenstein, whose wife was hit by a car at the intersection last year and is still recovering, called it "a good step."

"This is a first step, a building block... to see what we can do to stop people from getting hit at that intersection," he said.

The council also previously passed a resolution "urging Bergen County to make improvements at the intersection of Saddle River Road and Fair Lawn Avenue" because they are county roads.

Deputy Mayor Ed Trawinski, who is also the Bergen County administrator, said the county is working to address safety issues at the intersection, but there is an issue with a sliver of protected Green Acres park land which requires state approval for their planned project.

"It's very much underway, but will take some time," he said.
FairLawn Resident December 04, 2013 at 11:22 AM
Can we remove the no right on red at Fair Lawn Ave and Plaza Rd? Its useless when no one is coming on a Sunday morning for cars to have to sit at the light. At least change it to allow right turns between cert a in hours. Also, repave the roads already they are long overdue.
Joan December 04, 2013 at 01:33 PM
At a traffic safety seminar held at the municipal building we were told that a left turn (green) arrow would be installed on the traffic light at FL Ave. & Saddle River Rd. to ease the turning issue during the rush hours. That is long overdue since New Milford has them on many busy, smaller intersections. It all depends on county approval. Let's write to Kathe Donovan!
Deleted because of harassment December 05, 2013 at 10:10 AM
It is LOONNNGGG overdue. Having to drive straight through that intersection from Fair Lawn Ave., it is made much more dangerous by the lack of assigned left turning lanes, even when there is little traffic. Rush hour is insane. Now if the county could see fit to do something about the dangerous merge on Fair Lawn Ave. at Orchard that is used by those passing traffic on the right to cut them off, I'd be a happier driver.
Elyse Cohen December 13, 2013 at 08:17 AM
What about putting a light on Fair Lawn Ave across from the library... It is so difficult to make a left here and the crossing guard was hit ...it's a problem
Deleted because of harassment December 14, 2013 at 02:22 PM
When was the crossing guard hit?

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