As you are aware, the traffic congestion in Rumson during the summer months has been getting worse in recent years. Unless Baptisms are performed before 1 PM, the traffic becomes so bad around the church due to our proximity to the Shrewsbury Bridge, there is little chance that families can arrive on time.
As traffic worsens, so do the erratic driving patterns through our parking lot. Frustrated U-turns from the bus lane in front of the school and short cuts from Rumson Road to Ward Avenue through the parking lot are two of the most dangerous manuevers. Even our own parishioners make illegal use of the driveway alongside the school for entry, often at high speed. For these drivers, the visibility behind the school is ZERO until they make the right turn into an area where children or others are sometimes gathered. In order improve campus safety, the following steps are being taken:
- After the last day of school, the bus lane on Rumson Road will be closed to traffic at all times (solid red color on diagram).
- Any access to our parking lot from Rumson Road will be closed during the summer months, except for exit during Masses.
- A speed bump will be installed on the Rumson Road driveway in approximately the area indicated by slashed red lines. This will help us all slow down, especially those who enter illegally from Rumson Road.