Most Dangerous Roads for Walking in New Jersey


For five years in a row, Route 130, also known as Burlington Pike, in Burlington County has held the title: “New Jersey’s Deadliest Road for Pedestrians.”

This year, it will share that unfortunate distinction.

Tri-State Transportation Campaign released its annual list of “most dangerous roads for walking” in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut today, and the Black Horse Pike in Atlantic County and Route 1 in Middlesex County — each with with nine fatalities from 2009 to 2011 — have joined Burlington Pike as the deadliest in the state.

Together, the three highways were the scenes of the more pedestrian fatalities than any other roads in the metropolitan region with the exception of Route 24, also known as called Hempstead Turnpike and Fulton Avenue, in Nassau County, N.Y. (14 deaths), Broadway in Manhattan (12 deaths) and Route 25, also called as Jericho Turnpike and Middle Country Road, in Suffolk County, N.Y. (11 deaths), according to the report.

“Year in and year out, the pedestrian-unfriendly US-130 continues to threaten the lives of Burlington residents,” Mathew Norris, South Jersey advocate for Tri-State Transportation Campaign, a regional transportation policy watchdog group, said. “It’s time to make this road safer.”

But pedestrian deaths could not be narrowed down to just one area of the state. Of the nine deadliest roads in New Jersey, four were in the south, two were in the central part of the state, and three were in the north.

The analysis by Tri-State Transportation Campaign did not include interstate highways and other roads where pedestrians are prohibited.

In the three-year stretch, 440 pedestrians died on New Jersey roads, up slightly from the 436 killed from 2008 to 2010 in last year’s survey.

The next six deadliest roadways in the state — which each had eight deaths over the three-year period, included Route 30, also called the White Horse Pike, in Camden County; Route 9 in Middlesex County, Routes 1&9 in Union County, Route 46 in Morris County, Route 9 in Ocean County and JFK Boulevard, also known as Route 501, in Hudson County.

The report found that about 60 percent of pedestrian deaths in New Jersey were on such arterial, or main roads, as Route 130, Routes 1&9 and Route 1 — even though they only make up about 15 percent of roads in the region.



Arterial roads are typically magnets for big box stores and other businesses, but improvements for pedestrians don’t always come with those new businesses, pedestrian safety advocates said.

“These are roadways that invite pedestrian activity because of what’s on them, but they don’t have the infrastructure to support that pedestrian activity,” Janna Chernetz, New Jersey advocate for Tri-State Transportation Campaign, said.

The safety advocates said they hoped that changes introduced by the New Jersey Department of Transportation, including a website for the complete streets program, which accommodates pedestrians and bicyclists, and a workshop focusing on pedestrian safety, would be reflected in future road surveys.

(courtesy: Mike Frassinelli/The Star-Ledger )