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March 1, 2021                                                                                    Volume 2, Issue 5

Intersection Improvements in Cumberland County

In July 2019, Cumberland County received $1.152 million in Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funding for safety improvements to be implemented at ten intersections. The intersections selected were among several studied using SJTPO-allocated planning funds in 2016 and 2017. The intersections were known or suspected of having issues or were requested to be improved by residents and municipalities. 
 
The ten intersections in Cumberland County are as follows: 
  • Mauricetown Bypass and Buckshutem Road in Commercial Twp
  • Big Oak Road and Parvins Mill Road in Deerfield Twp
  • Lebanon Road and Kenyon Avenue in Deerfield Twp
  • Fairton-Gouldtown Road and Burlington Road in Fairfield Twp
  • Hogbin Road and Ramah Road in Lawrence Twp
  • Hogbin Road and Fairton-Millville Road in Millville
  • South Woodruff Road and Lebanon Road in Upper Deerfield Twp
  • Hance Bridge Road and Sherman Avenue in Vineland
  • Brewster Road and Maple Avenue in Vineland 
  • Garden Road and East Avenue in Vineland
The allocated funds were used to implement a series of improvements. Three of the intersections - Mauricetown Bypass and Buckshutem Road, Hogbin Road and Fairton-Millville Road, and South Woodruff Road and Lebanon Road – had existing flashers that needed upgrading. The installation of new steel flashers took place at six of the intersections. A single intersection, Big Oak Road and Parvins Mill Road in Deerfield Township received a new aluminum flasher because of right-of-way limitations. In addition to replacing or installing the flashers, the intersections were converted to all-way stops with enhanced signage and striping. 
Depicted are the steel flasher, all-way stop, and roadway striping improvements at the intersection of Brewster Road and Maple Avenue located near the SJTPO office.
The three intersections with existing flashers and the intersection receiving the aluminum flasher were completed in the first half of 2020. The remaining six intersections were not complete until Fall 2020 due to delays in acquiring the steel hardware. Construction at the ten intersections is now complete. 

Get to Know SJTPO's Activities and Needs through Consultant Meet & Greets 

As a small organization, SJTPO does not always have the internal resources necessary to meet the needs of the Organization or its subregions. As a result, SJTPO will release a Request for Proposals (RFPs) to solicit assistance from outside consultants. An RFP is a document that describes a project’s needs and asks for proposed solutions. Qualified consulting firms may respond to the RFP by submitting a proposal. SJTPO staff, along with the Project Selection Committee, will review all proposals and recommend a consulting firm(s) to the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). The TAC will then make a recommendation for approval to the Policy Board with the intention of awarding the consulting firm(s) with a contract to complete the project as planned.  
 
SJTPO has an established list of consulting firms which are made aware of the release of an RFP through email distribution. Much like SJTPO’s “General Information” mailing list, to be added to the “Requests for Proposals (RFPs)” mailing list, interested firms can locate the “Join Our Mailing List” section toward the bottom of each SJTPO webpage. Additionally, SJTPO has an RFP webpage (www.sjtpo.org/RFP) that lists upcoming, current, and archived RFPs. 
 
SJTPO staff is willing to meet with consulting firms that are new to understanding SJTPO’s activities and needs. A “Consultant Meet & Greet” can take place so long as SJTPO does not have a current RFP out for solicitation. Further, a presentation has been prepared and updated for recently held “Consultant Meet & Greets.” This presentation may also be found on the RFP webpage, listed above. For any firms interested in a “Consultant Meet & Greet” contact Jennifer Marandino, Executive Director at jmarandino@sjtpo.org.

Tips to Become a Safer Driver

Next month is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. We put together the following graphic to share some great tips on how to be a safer driver.

Want even more tips? Throughout the month of April, we will share additional distracted driving information on Facebook and Twitter, so be sure to follow us. Additionally, our Traffic Safety Specialists are available for virtual traffic safety lessons. Check out their Traffic Safety Education brochure and request a program today! View brochure >>> 

Staff Feature 

 

Wayne Shelton, Traffic Safety Specialist

 
Congratulations to Wayne on his selection to move forward in the process of creating video content to support the hybrid delivery of the National Child Passenger Safety Technician Certification Training curriculum!
 
If you could relive any moment of your life, which moment would you choose and why? I suppose there are may times in my life I would want to relive. If I had to choose one, it would probably be the birth of my first grandchild. I was fortunate enough to be present at the hospital for her birth. I remember the feeling of great joy and happiness when my wife and I heard her first cry from outside the delivery room. The event became more exciting when the nurse was taking her to the nursery and we saw her for the first time. Her birth was even more special because it happened on my birthday, a day we would now be sharing. I am fortunate enough to have relived this experience four more times with the births of my other grandchildren - minus the same birthday, of course. To relive something like this again would be truly amazing. 

You are one of SJTPO's Traffic Safety Specialists. What is the most rewarding part of your job? The traffic safety education programs cover a variety of issues and audiences. A roadway is potentially a very dangerous place. Whether the audience is teens in high school, parents in a Share the Keys Program, or a young couple expecting their first child and trying to navigate the world of child passenger safety, connecting with them is very satisfying. There is a point at which I know the audience is understanding the information through my interactions with them. It is important and satisfying to know the information they walk away with may save their lives. It is also a rewarding feeling to know that I have helped someone. 

What is the nicest compliment you have received as a Traffic Safety Specialist? Bob, SJTPO's other Traffic Safety Specialist, and I usually receive positive feedback from our audiences. I once had a student approach me in class, asking to speak with me in the hallway. I recognized him from a class I previously presented to weeks ago, where we were discussing defensive driving techniques - recognizing potential hazards and how to avoid them, trying to reduce crash risk, and lessening the impact/damage should a crash occur. In the hallway, the student thanked me for teaching him those techniques because they later proved useful when he was involved in a crash. The student said, "It happened just like you said. I couldn't believe it." The student was traveling down a local rural road when he observed a car at a stop sign at an intersection where the student had the right-of-way. As the student approached the intersection in his vehicle, he remembered me telling him and his classmates to not trust the other driver at a stop sign because that driver may not always stay stopped. With that thought in mind, the student slowed down. Just as he was approaching the intersection, the other driver pulled out and entered the intersection. A crash did occur, but it was relatively minor because the student recognized the hazard and took action to avoid or lessen the impact of the collision. Best of all, no one was hurt. The student also said that if he did not slow down, the crash would have been much worse. It is great to know that the students Bob and I teach are grateful for the information we provide. It is extra special to hear a story like this one the student told me. Him telling me this story made my day. 

Where is the first place you would like to travel to post COVID-19? When the pandemic is over, my wife and I would like to go to Key West. It is a pretty interesting place with a variety of people. Having been there a few times, we find it very relaxing and it seems there is always something to do. 

Some people may not know that you have participated in a number of grilling competitions over the years. What advice do you have for amateur grillers? I competed in professional BBQ competitions for 20 years and also ran my own part-time BBQ catering business. For a beginner, I would recommend continually educating yourself on the art of BBQ. Competitions are difficult and believe it or not, extremely competitive. Having the right equipment and knowing how to get the most out of it is key. Choosing the right combination of rubs (spices) and sauces and using quality hardwoods for smoking are also important. It is critical to use the best cuts of chicken, pork, ribs, and brisket. Good quality meat can be expensive but in BBQ you must adhere to the following saying, "Good meat ain't cheap and cheap meat ain't good." Experimenting and actually practicing definitely raises your chances of winning in BBQ as well as making a lot of friends with the leftovers!
Meeting Reminders 
 
Technical Advisory Committee virtual meeting
  • Monday, March 8, 2021 at 10:00 AM
Policy Board virtual meeting
  • Monday, March 22, 2021 at 10:00 AM
Additional emails with information on how to join the virtual meetings will be sent as the meetings approach.  
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