Fayson Lakes Road Signage to Be Purchased With State Grant
Councilman said paving for majority of roadway also to be completed.
The Borough of Kinnelon has received $195,000 from the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) for improvements to Fayson Lakes Road which, according to Kinnelon Councilman Dan O'Dougherty, will at least partially be used for safety improvements on a dangerous curve on the roadway.
O'Dougherty, the council's liaison to the Department of Public Works, said he believes the state looked admirably at the borough for other paving and improvement projects recently completed, including on Cutlass Road, Kakeout Road and Brook Valley Road, and awarded funding again.
The majority of the funding will be used to pave the road from Boonton Avenue to just before the reservoir, where the Lake Reality community ends. But some of the money will also be used to fund safety measures on a sharp curve that has been the topic of much discussion recently.
"That sharp turn where those bicyclists were in an accident there's going to be some additional signage," O'Dougherty said.
Police have not said the curve was to blame in the accident two weeks ago, but that the bicyclists allegedly rode over the double yellow line and into the other lane. But several residents and even council members have criticized that section of Fayson Lakes Road in the past and said motorists often drive too fast in that area, not knowing what is coming from the other direction.
O'Dougherty said speed bumps will not be considered on the curve, but that rumble strips may be considered and could also be funded through the grant.
"There will be no (speedbumps) because they're a liability to the community," O'Dougherty said. "Municipalities have been sued for speedbumps because of people wrecking their cars."
O'Dougherty noted that Fayson Lakes Road will not be the last road improvement project in the borough and that the borough is also hoping to improve Miller Road in the near future.