LITTLE SILVER: The traffic lights at the corner of Branch Avenue at Rumson Road and White Road will remain in place throughout most of 2014.
The lights were originally designed to be temporary because of the closure of Seven Bridges Road in 2012, but now county officials are recommending that the lights remain for safety reasons and so they can continue to collect accident, flow and other data.
The bridge was reopened in April and a request was made by the governing body to keep the lights there for a test period.
“Accidents, in terms of frequency and severity, have declined since the lights were installed," County Engineer Joe Ettore said during a special meeting of the Little Silver Council in December.
The Little Silver Traffic Committee also recommended keeping the lights, but several residents have been outspoken in their criticism of them.
“Many, especially those who live in the vicinity of the traffic lights, have expressed environmental and quality of life concerns, and have asked that they come down,” Little Silver Mayor Robert Neff said in the borough newsletter.
“The timing and the flow of the lights, especially at off peak hours, is being looked at in order to accommodate residents’ concerns,” Neff told Word on the Shore this week. “The council is on board with the county’s decision.”
Neff said he expects the night to be up until November. After that time, the county will have more data to share with the council and residents.