Caldwell Police want to make areas around Jefferson and Lincoln elementary schools safer for students.
Sgt. Michael Pellegrino, head of the department’s traffic division, suggested at Tuesday night’s council meeting changing Elm Road between Crane Street and Bloomfield Avenue near Lincoln School to a one way. In addition, he recommended allowing parking on the north side of that section of Elm Road.
With parking on both sides of the street, Pellegrino said, “Traffic would slow down because the road is more narrow.”
The additional parking, he said, would benefit the Elm Road apartments and a business, Luce Restaurant.
Pellegrino also asked the council to create a “walking lane” on Highview Road near Jefferson School, where he said there is a lot of congestion during pickup and dropoff.
The section near Prospect Street where parking is restricted from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on school days would be increased to give parents and children an area to walk in the roadways where there are no sidewalks.
“It makes it safer for the parents and the kids to get to their vehicles,” he said.
In order to make either change, the borough would need to pass an ordinance.
Pellegrino also presented revised crossing guard locations and school routes at Tuesday's meeting.