Mayor Skibitsky remains in denial.
In the summer of 2010, construction on the HAWK pedestrian crossing began with the cul-de-sac(ing) of Cambridge Rd. at Central Ave. What also began were accidents that have occurred at an alarming rate never seen before. Since July 9, 2010 there have been 13 accidents in the northbound lane of Central Ave. between Cambridge Rd. and Clover St. This 113-120 feet of roadway has become the most dangerous stretch of roadway in Westfield. Of the 13 accidents, 9 accidents involved vehicles attempting to make a left turn onto Clover St. In less than 2 years since the configuration of the HAWK crossing materialized with all its blinking signs, excessive roadway markings and painted channelization, the intersection of Central & Clover still remains a "hot spot" and Mayor Skibitsky has no plans to address the danger.
Instead, Skibitsky channelled Union County funding allocated to Central & Clover towards his political project, a pedestrian crossing away from the intersection that has proven to be a mistake by the alarming increase in the amount of motor vehicle accidents along this stretch of roadway. A controlled intersection was recommended by the experts, Skibitsky rejected the plan in favor of his political agenda. Keeping in mind what Councilman Frank Arena stated during his re-election campaign last Fall, he stated that we needed to get "more bang for our buck" when it came to the amount of property taxes Westfield sends to Union County. Shouldn't Mayor Skibitsky have used the $124,890 in County funds to address the Central & Clover "hot spot?"
Surely, Westfield taxpayers, pedestrians, and motorists would have gotten more "bang for their buck" had Skibitsky followed the recommendations of his own expert. Instead, we just get the bang everytime there is another accident on Central Ave. at Clover St. because Mayor Skibitsky decided to play engineering expert for a day.