Route 46 Pedestrian Fencing Slated for Cleaning and Repair
Fence was installed by the state in 2009 but since has fallen into disrepair.
A fence erected by the New Jersey Department of Transportation four years ago to save pedestrian lives has become more of an eyesore than a lifesaver, but thanks to a program of the Morris County Sheriff's office, its condition may improve soon.
The fence was installed in 2009 on the island between the east- and westbound lanes of Route 46, beginning approximately at Arlington Plaza and extending to Dunkin' Donuts, after several pedestrian-involved motor vehicle accidents, including one incident in which a person died.
As years passed, the quality of the fencing deteriorated, and some pedestrians reportedly climbed through holes that developed in the fencing in an effort to avoid walking to the crosswalk.
In addition to these holes, the fence is marred by the appearance of litter and debris. And because some walkers opt to take a short cut through the fence, they continue to put themselves and motorists in potential danger.
Sheriff Rochford agreed to schedule SLAP workers to clean the area in the near future.