What is the process for installing a traffic signal at an intersection under county control?
Under New Jersey State Law, installation of traffic signals, even locations under county jurisdiction, require approval from the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT). The NJDOT submittal package includes a crash summary report, traffic count data as well as certification from a licensed Professional Engineer that the intersection meets the criteria for installation of a traffic signal as specified in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). Unfortunately, installation of a traffic signal is often seen as the cure-all for making intersections safer and more efficient. In fact, installation of a traffic signal can have the opposite effect, increasing other types of accidents causing congestion, and having adverse environmental impacts. Motorists on the side street often face longer travel delays as they wait for the green signal. The constant stopping and starting of vehicles as compared to the non-signalized free flow conditions on the main street also increases