In the wake of an accident that injured two cyclists on Washington Road Sunday afternoon, the traffic and transportation committee for the town of Princeton is calling on Mercer County to install flashing lights and signs along Washington Road at the D&R Canal Towpath crossing.
The committee voted unanimously Monday night to approve a resolution calling for the governing body of Princeton to coordinate with the Princeton Engineering Department and Police Traffic Safety Unit to work on a proposal to be sent to Mercer County. Washington Road, also known as Route 571, is a county road.
The committee hopes West Windsor Township will also support the resolution. Freeholder Andrew Koontz said the Mercer County Department of Transportation reviews all proposals for road changes. Koontz told Planet Princeton Sunday night that he would support the addition of a crosswalk on Washington Road. He suggested both Princeton and West Windsor pass resolutions in support of the measure.
A father and his eight-year-old son were struck by a Jeep Sunday afternoon just south of the Carnegie Lake Bridge. The Jeep was traveling south on Washington Road, passed a vehicle on the right that was stopped in the southbound lane, and then hit the father and son, who were standing on the shoulder of the roadway with their bicycles.
Push button, rapid flashing lights are already in place on Harrison Street and Alexander Road at the D&R Towpath crossings on those roads.
Some residents say the lights on Harrison and Alexander are often out of order. Officials said they would look into the issue. The municipality is responsible for the flashing crosswalk on Alexander Road and the county is responsible for the flashing crosswalk on Harrison Street.