Speed Bumps Needed on Ithanell Road, Residents Say

Homeowners get nearly 100 signatures for petition for speed bumps on their street.

Residents living on Ithanell Road believe adding speed bumps on their curvy street would be safer for the pedestrians, bikers and skateboarders who are on the street daily.

That's why resident Arlene Lelling got a group of Hopatcong residents to sign a petition for the request, and presented it to the mayor and council at Wednesday night's Hopatcong Borough Council Meeting.

Residents argued that cars constantly speed on the 25-mile-per-hour street, and that it is hard for drivers to see the pedestrians while traveling around the curves.

Lelling went door-to-door and got 98 signatures on the petition that reads that the residents are "concerned for the safety and health of ourselves, our children, our guests, and our pets."

The several residents that went up with Lelling to present the petition all agreed that ever since Ithanell Road was paved, there have been an increase of bikers and skateboars.

"At some point somebody is going to get hit, that's my fear," resident Victoria McMahon-Croce said. "I'm concerned about people in the neighborhood and mostly the teenagers that run up and down that road."

Others argued that there's no shoulder lane or sidewalks for kids to walk safely to school, or for residents to walk their dogs as cars pass by on the road.

Mayor Sylva Petillo said that the petition is referred to Hopatcong Police Traffic Unit, and they will conduct a study and offer suggestions.

apple October 18, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Speed bumps sound like a good idea! But how about adding them on Elba Ave too?. When you turn onto Elba from River Styx there is a strait strech of road down to the curve by Lakeland Dr, that people speed down.We have alot on teenagers and young children walking up to the bus stop and many people walk their dogs up and down the road.There is also many ,many deer crossing back and forth accoss the street that people nearly hit every day.It is posted 25 mph on the street but most of the time I see cars coming down the road doing at least 35 t0 40 mph.
jazzman October 18, 2012 at 12:46 PM
you people from the otherside really need to get out more,this problem is all over town every street at anytime of day,and you think speed bumps as your first thought so soon after the new macadom,thinks you might want to get in line with Flora ave ,Brown Tr,Broadway,and Bucknell Tr. especially and that road hasnt been paved in 40yrs,bumps thoughout with twist and turns and a couple of blind corners and the speed is still excessive regardless,what I think is happening is your seeing more traffic and a few complainers thinking the mayor "owes them something"
cmc October 18, 2012 at 02:08 PM
'Old' Lakeside Blvd too please! I cannot count the number of times I have almost been hit while walking my dog. There is no shoulder at all and the side of the mountain is littered with broken glass and garbage. If the speed bumps/humps are placed on Elba, please consider an evaluation of all the streets in town!
Willa Scantlebury October 18, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Wow, if that ever happens I'd be shocked! I tried to get them for Hudson Ave (for years!) I think most of you would agree on the necessity of speed bumps there, it's a cut-through and when the bridge was out it was a nightmare! They said it would "damage the plows." But doesn't the town subcontract out plowing? Humm. . . Maybe I need to go back and rally once again! Good luck with that!
Dawn Quinn October 18, 2012 at 03:07 PM
I totally am on board with speedbumps on most hopatcong roads.. Another one would be Lackawanna Trail at the Tulsa Trail School end. Speeding buses are a major problem and also speeding cars coming from Highschool are a problem. I have several times witnessed mostly teen drivers and some adults also at speeds that would kill someone if they were hit.. Unacceptable!!
Neech October 18, 2012 at 03:12 PM
They should also be added onto amherst. Everyone likes to fly up our road. including cops who use it to cross over. THERE ARE YOUNG CHILDREN AND BABIES ON THIS ROAD!
pothole October 18, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Not to be a downer here but how many people have got hit by cars on these roads? How many accidents occur on these roads? That's what I thought! Heck mayor, put speed bumps on all the back roads. If this gets done, all residents in town will be going to the town with petitions for speed bumps on their roads!!!! Put speed bumps on the highways too! Ridiculous
Marlee Carrasquillo October 18, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Then they need to put them on all roads in town...my street (Jefferson Trail ) is like a speedway to cut from Brooklyn Mntn to Northwestern. I have had to step into the woods while walking my dog to avoid being hit on more then one occasion.I have a child who rides a bike/scooter and plays outside and people see a kid and still don't slow down. I think the speed limit should be lowered to 15mph and STRICTLY ENFORCED on these trails where 2 cars can't even pass cause they are so narrow. SLOW DOWN PEOPLE!!!!!!
jjl October 18, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Come on. People almost fly down Northwestern Way. I know why don't we put speed bumps on every road in Hopatcong and then it will be perfect right? Here's an idea how about sidewalks...
Alan J October 18, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Dont hold your breath too long. I asked her about putting speed bumps on Brooklyn Mnt. Road two years ago, between Broadway & Madison Trail. She had the town put up a speed reader, then people would speed even MORE, just to see how much more it would read. Mind you the speed limit IS 25 MPH. She gave me the lamest excuse," If you do that, the kids will wreck", guess they would get the hint then! Three times this year, I had to get out the way of speeding cars, just to get my mail. Been here 6 years now and had seen 5 accidents, one being a rollover, Dwi ,and they never tested her, she is still driving. How much more is it going to take to make our streets safer? Till someone dies !!!! Wake Up Mayor
jazzman October 18, 2012 at 06:48 PM
the only place i would ever agree to a speed bump would be between lower modick park and upper modick,and thats only for the foot traffic walking between that would save lives,this effort on Ithanell is the horse before the cart they need to get speed signs up including police radar,anything would be better then this action,hand out a flyers or write down license plates,or how about a sign like the guy in texas i believe was "Hit my kid and i`ll shoot you"...I like that one and I hear its working too!!!!
Nicolas October 18, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Speed bumps?? But wouldn't they make you go faster?
cmc October 19, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Pothole-- why does someone have to get hit by a car for things to change? Sidewalks are ideal and would already be here if we lived in a normal town, but unfortunately we don't. Speed bumps sound like a reasonable request considering how expensive sidewalks would be!
Mikey October 19, 2012 at 11:16 AM
Instead of speed bumps, just continue to let the roads deteriorate naturally until there are plenty of potholes. Problem solved!
BeachBum October 19, 2012 at 12:18 PM
What about River Styx Road - This road has become a speedway for vehicles - The other day I saw a woman yank two small kids off the road as a large pick up truck came zooming along at probably 50 mph - Cops dont patrol this road at all, they just speed along just like any other vehicle
BeachBum October 19, 2012 at 12:24 PM
I agree with that area as well - Put up the digital speed counters like all other towns use - They attach righ to the poles - Hopatcong is full of speeders and tailgaters - They will wake up when some kids get hurt on River Styx and Lakeside Blvd and Hopatchung by the parks
jazzman October 19, 2012 at 01:38 PM
if theres ever is a accident with child,dog walkers,joggers,or just walking down to the store,speed is not going to be the factor simple CAUTION if approaching pedestrians yes even when there just standing there talking,i get waves from people i dont even know with this simple acknowledgement of there presents,you people young and old can speed all you want,... but is it so bad that you cant slow down a little when you see a little life on the road!even squirrels can dodge you if you give them a little time
S. Coventry October 19, 2012 at 04:06 PM
If we put sidewalks where they need to be eventually the entire town would have sidewalks.
Edubb October 19, 2012 at 04:45 PM
CMC someone has to get hit, hurt seriously or die to get this done. It's the same thing when we have automobile recalls. How many people die before they announce the issue? Its the way of the business.
S.Holey October 19, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Madison Trl/E.Madison Trl is a road that needs to be re-paved but sometimes I think it's better the way it is for one reason. The repeated patching and bumps and whatnot on the road serves as its own speed bumps! But that doesn't keep people from speeding down our twisty, blind-spotted, bumpy road. Everyone driving down a road should always have the fear of "could I live with myself if I hit a child or kill someone for being an idiot and driving too fast."


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