Township Will Install Speed Humps in Hilton Neighborhood

Officials hope to calm and reduce traffic in the area.


Maplewood Township will install speed humps on Jacoby, 44th, Harding, and Brown Streets in an effort to calm traffic in the East Hilton neighborhood, said Township Engineer Thomas Malavasi.

"They will be installed within the next three to four weeks," said Malavasi. He presented the plan to residents at a meeting last week at the DeHart Community Center, where various township officials discussed their plans to address crime, traffic, litter and other issues in the East Hilton/Jacoby Street area.

The humps are intended as a traffic calming measure in response to numerous complaints of speeding on those streets.

"A lot of people are using the streets as shortcuts," said Malavasi.

Malavasi said the township had installed speed humps on other "cut-through" streets, including Sommer Avenue and Girard Place, and Kensington and North Terraces near Columbia High School. He said they had been successful at reducing both the speed and volume of traffic.

Malavasi said the residents responded positively to the plan. "They were all in favor" of it, he said.

Mayor Vic DeLuca said the plan was "very well received by those attending the meeting." 

Risa Olinsky October 03, 2012 at 10:12 AM
Would love to see the same on Ridgewood Road near Jefferson School and more areas on in town.
ajohn October 03, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Had mentioned speed humps on Essex Avenue...was told I needed to start a petition. This street is located behind Clinton Elem. school and it's used as a short cut...children are playing in the street and cars are speeding through.
jose October 03, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Would love to see them on Union Avenue near Clinton Elementary since it's used as a shortcut to Parker, many times at high speeds.
Irene Langlois October 04, 2012 at 12:39 AM
What ever happened to the term "speed bump"?
Shamrock1224 October 06, 2012 at 02:58 PM
There are "speed humps", and "speed bumps". The bumps are higher in elevation, and do slow traffic. The humps really don't do that much. Sommer Av (where we are) is twice the length of Girard, but we both got 2 humps. Not sure where Malavasi lives, but the humps have not slowed traffic. You can stand on Sommer during rush hour, and the cars speed off Prospect onto Sommer, all the way up to the first hump, then speed again to the 2nd hump. Also, the first hump had to be fixed after installation, as it came out no more than a road patch. If complaints were not made, it would have never been noticed. As to the "curve" on Sommer, we were told that the Twp couldn't put hump there because of curve, but neighboring towns such as Millburn have put them in on curves, and they have worked as a deterrent in slowing traffic. The traffic isn't slowing down. They speed up to the hump, sometimes stop, and then speed down the hill again.


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