Timeline Set For Traffic Light At Deadly Berkeley Intersection

Photo by Chris Lundy

BERKELEY – Work on the pedestrian walkway and traffic light at the intersection of Frederick Drive and Route 9 will begin in 4 to 6 weeks, according to state officials who were being quoted by Mayor Carmen Amato at the March 26 Township Council meeting.

This intersection has had three fatalities since 1999. It’s been the site of many other non-fatal crashes as well. Berkeley officials have been calling for a traffic signal at that intersection for years. However, since Route 9 is a state highway, they had to wait for the state Department of Transportation to approve it.

The traffic signal will be one in which a pedestrian can push a button to turn opposing lights red so they can cross. This had been the kind of signal the township officials had been asking for.

Berkeley will be required to pay a portion of the cost of the traffic light. The exact amount is not yet known.