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Route 46 Deemed 'Most Dangerous Road' in Morris County

Six pedestrians struck and killed on highway in three years, including four in Pine Brook, Parsippany area.

Route 46 has been labeled "Morris County's most dangerous road" by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign (TSTC) based on data that shows six pedestrians were killed on the highway in the past three years.

What appears to be the most dangerous stretch of the Morris County portion of the highway, as indicated on a map included in the TSTC report, is the portion that includes Pine Brook and Parsippany. Four out of six pedestrian deaths between 2009 and 2011 occurred between the two towns.

The report, generated by the non-profit organization which seeks transportation reform in New York and New Jersey, detailed and designated a single most dangerous road per county in every county in the state. The term "most dangerous," as included in the report, refers to the number of pedestrians struck and killed.

The data, as the report references from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System, shows the following annual pedestrian fatalities on Route 46, as compared to the remainder of the county, as follows:

Road 2009 2010 2011 Total US-46 2 3 1 6

Annual Countywide Pedestrian Fatalities

2009 2010 2011 Total 3 8 2 13

*All data provided by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign.

While all of the pedestrians killed included in the report were adults, ages 16-59 years old, on other parts of Route 46, near Dover and Wharton, senior citizens were also reportedly killed over the time period surveyed.

The data does exclude highways and roads where pedestrians are prohibited.

Richard February 27, 2013 at 12:34 PM
I suggest a contributing factor to night time accidents is non-working streetlights. Ever drive these sections of Rt. 46 at night? Every other street light is not illuminated. I presume some traffic engineer determined that illuminating the area at night would make it safer, the expense of erecting the pole and installing the light was borne by the taxpayer, yet the highway dept. cannot pay attention to detail and replace a couple of dollar light bulb that has burnt out! Where are the managers and supervisors who are supposed to take care of this detail? I remember a few years ago former Denville Mayor Feyl lambasted the utility about this item at a meeting. It made front page news and the utility was in town the following week replacing non-working street lights. Why does it take someone's life and a multi thousand dollar study to see the obvious problem?
lorraine steinheimer February 27, 2013 at 02:11 PM
yes there are so many srteet lights out on rt 46, i've written to the dept of transportation 4 years ago and as one can see there are still hundreds of light still not functioning all along rt 46 west and east,especially on the off and on ramps.to think each light pole and bracket cost a thousand just to be useless
Robert S February 27, 2013 at 03:00 PM
Add insult to this injury we need to build to waterview "Target" on 46 - I am sorry to say but we will have more of these.
mick February 27, 2013 at 04:22 PM
People should just stop walking on and across the highway and you won't have any of this. What gets me is I see people all the time crossing 46 and when they do they take their sweet time doing it as if pedestrian laws are supposed to be observed when they are not even in a cross walk. It's a freakin highway people not a residential corner. Not saying that accidents don't happen but the people doing it need to excersise better judgement too. Street lights are not going to make up for common sense.
Jeanne February 28, 2013 at 01:58 AM
Mick, sometimes people take the Route 46 Lakeland bus into the city and when they return they will have to cross the street to get their cars. The pedestrian crossing light at the Route 46 and Hook Mt. intersection in Pine Brook has not worked for months (years?). And there are people who do not have cars but who work in stores and restaurants on Route 46. I think sidewalks and working lights would improve safety. Jeanne
mick February 28, 2013 at 01:32 PM
Jeanne, you are absolutely correct. I do realize that the there are bus stops and stores that people work at. I should have been more specific about what I have seen. I have seen countless times people crossing in the middle of the highway down near the Porche dealership and they just walk out with attitude like oh well you will stop. So that is the reclessness that I meant. I see it every day by where Walgreens / Cost Cutters was. I do agree the pedstrian lights should be fixed no question about it but no matter where someone decides to cross they should use good judgement. It isn't just their lives that can change in an instant. They ruin the lives of the person that hits them as well.
Green February 28, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Parsippany needs to improve conditions for pedestrians. We need bridges across route 46. That is the only safe way for people to cross the highway. Business owners along route 46 should get together and put pressure on the town to make this happen. It would encourage people to walk instead of drive, and many people currently don't dare cross 46 the way it is now, with good reason. Elderly people and parents with young kids are not able to get around town safely unless they drive. Denville has pedestrian bridges across 46... why not in Parsippany?
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Rita Betesh March 03, 2013 at 04:29 AM
Another dangerous Route 46 spot it Route 46 West in Budd Lake where the Route 80 exit 26 ramp merges onto 46. People speed down the ramp and drivers going west from Netcong change lanes from the right lane to the left lane and cut people off coming down exit 26.There have been a accidents where someone in the right lane cuts or hits someone in the left lane and forces them almost into the house there. People walk in the road going to Netcong creating a more dangerous situation.
VietNam Vet March 03, 2013 at 07:07 AM
They need to improve the entire road through Parsippany, they tried to get rid of the stupid speed bimps, but they made it just as bad as before. They have to repave the entire section through town.
Walter O. March 05, 2013 at 04:38 PM
Haa...haa...that's hilarious!
margot March 09, 2013 at 06:30 PM
I also wrote to the DOT..Besides three cars being able to get thru that light during the morning, noon, and night..its a hazard for people trying to cross or for cars trying to leave work and to route 80. Its enough already...change the way the lights work. It is archaic..but what else is new when the DOT doesnt send their people out to check this. I also blame the local police for not making the DOT VERY AWARE OF this situation. Maybe they have, but let the townships know about their awareness at this section in Parsippany..

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