NJ’s Most Dangerous Roads, Route 130 Has Highest Fatalities
The Tri-State Transportation Campaign is out with its study of New Jersey's most dangerous roads for pedestrians and for the fourth year in a row, Route 130 had the highest number of fatalities.
Between 2008 and 2010, 10 pedestrians were killed on that route, with the majority of the fatalities occurring between Burlington Township and Delran, according to the study.
Other New Jersey routes topping the list were Route 1&9 in Union County, and US-1 in Middlesex County.
“All three of these roads are arterials–roads designed to move vehicles with little regard for the safety of pedestrians or bicyclists who also use them,” said Janna Chernetz, New Jersey advocate for the Campaign. “This type of planning has fatal consequences.”
In the three years between 2008 and 2010, 435 pedestrians were killed on New Jersey’s roadways. While the number of pedestrian deaths decreased in 2010 from 158 fatalities to 139, recently-released 2011 data from the New Jersey Department of Transportation show a slight increase in pedestrian fatalities.
New Jersey has been taking steps to improve pedestrian safety, but these deaths are a reminder that more can and should be done,” said Matthew Norris, South Jersey advocate for the Campaign.
The analysis found that the state’s most dangerous roads for walking over the three-year period from 2008-2010, ranked by highest number of fatalities were:
1 US-130 (Burlington Pike), Burlington County 10
2 Route 1&9, Union County 9
3 US-1, Middlesex County 7
4 Route 35, Middlesex County 6
4 Route 28 (North Ave, Front St, Westfield Ave), Union County 6
4 US-46, Morris County 6
4 US‐322/40 (Black Horse Pike, Albany Ave), Atlantic County 6
8 US-9, Monmouth County 5
8 Route 36, Monmouth County 5
8 White Horse Pike (US-30), Camden County 5
8 Route 22, Somerset County 5
8 Route 9, Ocean County 5