WARNS PIKE OF DANGERS
Elizabeth Asks Guards Be Kept to Prevent More Mishaps
Newark Evening News, August 3, 1951
ELIZABETHThis city yesterday, for
the second time in less than a week, told the New Jersey Turnpike Authority
that a full complement of guards should continue to be maintained along
the toll road's construction path to prevent any possible accidents.
Citing the case of a 7-year-old girl who
narrowly escaped drowning in a mud pit Saturday at the turnpike site,
the board told William Allsopp, a turnpike representative, that guards
should be continued until the dirt fill operation is completed and until
the more hazardous phases of steel structural work are finished.
Allsopp appeared before the board to ask
that it approve a reduction in the guard force from its present 16 to
eight. He pointed out that the original agreement under which the guards
were hired called for their discharge August 4.
Quit at Midnight
But after the board pointed out its reasons
for continuing the guard patrol, Allsopp indicated he would recommend
to the Authority that the force be maintained. The board did, however,
approve Allsopp's request that no guards be maintained after midnight.
They are now there until 2 A.M.
The board told Allsopp it would be glad to reopen
the question at a later date when the major construction hazards of
the turnpike operation are diminshed.
The board adopted a resolution restricting traffic
in Lyons place to an eastbound direction between Murray street and Rahway
avenue. The change was made at the request of the police department.
Courtesy of the Newark Public Library.