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Somers Point planning for repaving of Bethel

By KRISTEN KELLEHER/Sentinel staff | Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 11:20 am

SOMERS POINT — City engineer Greg Schneider discussed additions to a repaving project during a Somers Point City Council meeting Thursday, July 25, based on recommendations made in a bicycle and pedestrian master plan. 

Somers Point received a $700,000 grant for the repaving project, which includes Ocean Heights Avenue to Shore Road along Bethel Road. 

According to a recording of the meeting, Schneider said the recommendations included changing the intersection of First Street and Bethel Road so it is at more of a 90-degree angle. 

This would result in cars that are turning onto First Street slowing down. It would also make the crossing for bicycles and pedestrians shorter. 

Schneider said flashing lights that a bicyclist or pedestrian can activate there will be added. 

Another recommendation was to add sharrows along Bethel Road. Sharrows, also known as shared lane markings, are symbols in the road that show it is a shared lane for bicycles and cars, according to the National Association of City Transportation Officials. 

Schneider said they would tend to slow traffic down and said they are not very costly to add. 

Pedestrian signs, permanent speed monitor signs that let drivers know how fast they are going are also being considered. 

He said the design for the project is 75 percent done. He hoped they would go out to bid for the project in September.