The Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders unanimously voted to approve a “Complete Streets” resolution last week, sponsored by Fifth District Freeholder Brendan Gill. Essex and Morris are the first two N.J. counties to adopt “Complete Streets” as part of their road and safety policies.
Gill said, “Complete Streets is an important community policy initiative, and I’m glad it passed without delay. Complete Streets is designed to improve safety for all roadway users: motor vehicles, mass transit, pedestrians – especially seniors and young children – and we’ve already seen successes where it’s been implemented.” He said this is part of Essex County’s new transportation “master plan.”
The goal of the legislation is to provide a framework for making the state’s roadways safer and more accessible to pedestrians, public transit users, senior citizens and cyclists while ensuring the safe and efficient flow of vehicles.
Mayor Jerry Fried views the renovation of South Park Street as part of the implementation of his “Complete Streets” vision.