|Rt 27 South near Carnegie Lake - Photo M. Hommer|
While this is a problem all across New Jersey, a good friend of mine often finds himself riding on New Jersey Route 27 just north of downtown Princeton. Every year he tells me that leaves and other yard waste completely block the relatively wide and useful shoulder. What makes this hazard of particular concern is that this section of Route 27 is also the on-road route of the East Coast Greenway.
Imagine if it was common practice to tell people to block a motor vehicle traffic lane with yard debris. It wouldn't be tolerated and neither should this practice as there are clear alternatives. In my town, residents are required to bag their leaves into large paper leaf bags. Even better, most home owners could compost their leaves on sight and use them to increase the organic mater content in your garden and flower beds. Brush and branches could be left on the grass off the shoulder and sidewalk.
More photos of the hazards on Rt 27 after the break
All photos by Mark Hommer.
|Rt 27 southbound Near Carnegie Lake. Not much room to navigate between what remains of the shoulder and heavy, highspeed (45mph) traffic.|
|Rt 27 southbound Near Carnegie Lake.|
|Facing northbound on Rt 27. Notice the works dumping more leaves into the shoulder on the opposite side of the street.|