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Changes Coming to Hooper Avenue Crossing Near Court House

Mid-street crosswalks to be removed

Hooper Avenue at the Ocean County Courthouse and administration building.
Hooper Avenue at the Ocean County Courthouse and administration building.
The familiar lighted, blinking crosswalks built into the middle of Hooper Avenue near the Ocean County courthouse and administration building will be eliminated within the next two weeks.

According to county officials, the mid-block crossings are being eliminated because of their age and some potential safety hazards that had resulted. The crossings had been located in the middle of Hooper Avenue, not an intersection, and lit up with flashing LED lights built into the roadway whenever a pedestrian entered a designated area.

Now, county officials will direct pedestrians to use the pedestrian bridge that connects the county's public parking garage and the courthouse, or the intersections with Washington Street and Madison Avenue to cross the four-lane roadway.

The crosswalk equipment is set to be removed this coming weekend, according to the county. The county will also make additional repairs to the street in the area of the courthouse and will mill and pave the roadway.

Ocean County Sheriff's officers are helping direct pedestrians in the mean time.
Chu-Man-Fu June 13, 2014 at 10:56 AM
OMG the kids will have to walk a block to cross and a block back after crossing - Two simple solutions: 1. Lets put a signal and crosswalk at every intersection on every road in the state or 2. Which I think would be even more logical, Bus them and drop them at their front door ! Sarcasm INTENDED !
Jennifer Newton June 13, 2014 at 11:00 AM
Maybe if you saw the kids literally JUMPING out of the way of the cars you'd have a little more sympathy...or maybe you are just an arrogant toad.
Chu-Man-Fu June 13, 2014 at 12:31 PM
Let's see, Take your cell phone camera and record a few violators and take it to the PD or one of our elected officials so they can see the problem first hand and maybe you'll get some action and additional enforcement. I certainly don't want to see anyone get hurt or worse. So be proactive to get the problem resolved rather than make it sound like walking two blocks to ensure their will create such a hardship on these kids. Maybe the exercise will do them some good. In the meantime I will remain an arrogant toad.
Chu-Man-Fu June 13, 2014 at 02:17 PM
* their safety ^
Mike L June 25, 2014 at 11:38 AM
Dear CHU.....the story has nothing to do with the crosswalk where the students cross, there is a traffic light there. It has to do with the two crosswalks MID block, where their is lighted street crosswalk. I believe that they are their for not only the use buy the public, but for use by County Employees, Lawyers, etc to go back and forth to Court, Administrative Offices and Jail. I can only guess what you will say about that, that's fine, BUT these crosswalks were only put in less than 3 years ago. They also help slow traffic going to water street. Just wait!!!!!!

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