Monday, September 26, 2016

Route 9 proposal will choke the East -West access in Lakewood

This Wednesday Sep,28, the NJTPA is hosting meetings and presentations for Lakewood residents on the proposed improvements for Route 9, to alleviate congestion on the Rt 9/River Ave corridor. While some recomendations make sense such as adding left turn lanes, the proposal (HERE) calls to make Hurley avenue a one way street only going East to Cedarbridge. Meaning you can not make a left or right onto Hurley from S. Clifton or Cedarbridge going to central ave or Rt 9. The only way to get to Central avenue from Cedarbridge or rt 9 is to reroute all the traffic to rt 88 and back around on Rt 9. This will be a disaster. It means the only way to get to the west part of Lakewood is either the congested Pine street to James or to go all the way around to rt 88 back to central avenue. Traffic on S Clifton going north is a parking lot already. There are serious safety issues by limiting Hurley to a one way, emergency vehicles will take longer to get to the other side of rt 9. The public should attend this meeting and give practical ideas, these officials do not live in Lakewood and have no understanding of the impact from the proposed changes.

16 comments:

  1. This posting mat be true but more importantly, the township committee needs to put an end to over development! Please meir, please!!!!

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  2. Making clifton a one way north would help S. Clifton

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    1. The plan is to make clifton a one way south. While it would be great for parking, it could be a potential disaster as cars pull backwards into flowing traffic. It would also reroute traffic to route nine which is already a disaster. The only immediate solution is to stop building immediately. Take a deep breath and try and find small solutions that could help the situation. Perhaps staggered school openings. Perhaps asking yeshiva to change its schedule. But none of these small changes will help if every new season brings in hundreds of new homes and cars.

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    2. the plan is to make clifton a one way he was up to suggestions (other then his own) on which way...I thought one way Clifton was your idea backing off?

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    3. Pay attention to the conversation

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  3. These studies were never made to alleviate traffic in Lakewood. they were made by the state, solely to alleviate traffic on State Rd 9.

    The states concern is only that its through road should flow as quickly as possible, it states as much in their report.

    That being said, I am all for it, close up Hurley, close up cedarbridge for that matter, it doesn't make much of a difference. With all the developments coming on line, the roads will be impassible either way.

    Maybe even worse traffic will wake people up and get the township committee and mayor replaced.

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    1. Finally someone speaking the truth about this study, it's about rt 9 not lakewood. They could care less about the traffic on cederbridge or James or central or pine or Clifton and on. This is not for the benefit of Lakewoods residence. They will be treated like fort Lee but not for a few hours, but every day.

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  4. Why is this even being brought for "public opinion"???!!! Shouldn't our township committee and askanim have already looked over this plan and thrown it out the window??!!

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  5. The askanim want the GOV to widen route 9 they couldn't care about anything else. Did you see the signs hanging about making route 9 wider? make no mistake who is behind it its the same people who got us into this mess in the first place

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  6. Get rid of the left turn lanes from rt 9 onto Hurley and Central avenue.

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    1. By eliminating the not so used left turning lanes you can have those lanes for traffic flow on rt 9. Coming from the south turning onto central you can barely make that turn only 2 cars are able to go per light change. Most cars should take james or John street to MLK to Hurley. same thing for cars turning left onto Hurly going south they can all take rt 88 to cedarbridge no need to stay another 1000 ft on rt 9 to make the left turn.

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  7. Punch mass ave through excel ind park so traffic can go through to james,central, and south lake. May be a bridge over the lake?

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    1. Look on a map. Massachusetts would continue to Sunset. Sunset would continue to NEAR Private Way. So if this is practical it would be a VERY good idea.

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  8. I live right there and yes going to the rt9 every time to get to Central Ave is plain dumb. Only someone who doesn't frequent this streets often would suggest such an idea.

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