1. In January the Township Committee voted to study the feasibility of red-light cameras at certain Neptune intersections. But you can forget about that now, because, in light of recent developments, the proposal is considered dead in Neptune – and perhaps statewide. These cameras, mounted above intersections, automatically detect cars that run red lights and photograph their license plates; violations are then issued by mail to the owners. In recent weeks the State of New Jersey has suspended most of the program. Most of the devices already in operation were found to have a problem that calls into question many millions of dollars in tickets issued since the program began in 2009. It has become a legal and bureaucratic nightmare. For a good Star-Ledger story on the problem, go here. For Blogfinger’s previous coverage go here.
2. In spite of various delays, including the weather, the Township advises that the Broadway Drainage Project is proceeding. At present the contractor is constructing ADA compliant ramps at intersections. One of the recent delays was due to the discovery of an old gas line that hadn’t been marked or identified by the gas company. In an email, Leanne Hoffman, the Township’s director of engineering and planning, said this line will be relocated on Monday or Tuesday “and then the contractor will continue the drainage work to tie into the drainage line on the north side of Broadway.”
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