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NJ’s deadly Route 130 gets a ‘road diet’

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The state Transportation Department has started another round of safety improvements on the road dubbed New Jersey’s most dangerous — Route 130.

Route 130 has been singled out repeatedly by pedestrian safety groups because of high numbers of fatalities over the years.

According to figures compiled by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, 11 pedestrians were killed on Route 130 in Burlington County between 2012 and 2014. The group also says a total of 18 pedestrians were killed in that period in the Route 130 corridor running through Camden, Burlington, Mercer and Middlesex counties.

Last year, 17-year-old Antwan Timbers Jr. was struck and killed on Route 130 by a driver police said was under the influence.

Now the state DOT will reduce lanes on 130 in Burlington City from three to two each way in order to slow the flow.

“Traffic should still flow. It will just flow a little bit slower,” DOT spokesman Steve Schapiro said.

Narrowing the roadway in order to slow traffic is called a “road diet.”

Schapiro says there are some other safety improvements in the works for 130 in the Burlington City area.

“We have been working with local officials for years to improve safety.” But he adds that the key on the highway is really drivers slowing down and following the speed limit.

Joe Cutter is the afternoon news anchor on New Jersey 101.5.

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