Getting Around Lakewood: By Aaron Joseph

clifton_ave_trafficFor starters- if you’d like, take a moment with a good old fashion map, or for the tech savvy, Google Maps or a GPS is perfect. Now of course Lakewood traffic, as most anywhere else, is all relative to time. Lakewood’s unique feature is the impact Yeshiva’s Sedarim have on the downtown area.

Below please find a recommended route that you might find enticing to try.

RT 9 South: Route Nine South near the lake can bottle up towards the end of first Seder, as well as many other times as well While it might prove a bit lengthier mileage wise, it might prove quicker going up to Hope Chapel Road South, and finding your way home from there: Miller, New Central, Lakewood New Egypt, all break off of Hope Road.

The above can obviously be used in reverse as well.

County Line: Kennedy Boulevard always works faster during the day.

Park Avenue: Park is a very quick route north-south across eastern Lakewood. Albeit it is a difficult road. Use caution. There are but two stop signs between Main Street/Rt. 88, and County Line.

Route 88: Route 88 tends to be much quicker then E. County Line or 7th street in the mornings. This may be because of less school buses. If you have the option and can fling that way you would save time.

New Hampshire Ave: Is a long distance alternate to Rt. 9. However if you must transverse the entire Lakewood – say go from east County Line to even West Gate- it might be worth your while to travel across New Hampshire Ave, to Chestnut St, and then up Cross Street. Of course Pine Street and Oak Street both intersect New Hampshire as well.

Martin Luther: That stop sign at Pine can drive anyone nuts. It can save time to drive an extra mile up Cedar Bridge and go through the ball park.

Vine Street: This beautiful drive almost never has two cars following one another. It is a bit out of the way- but it transverses N-S on the east side of Rt. 9. It is intersected by Spruce and oak.

Ridge Ave / E. 7th Street: From County Line East, Ridge Ave can cut you straight into the heart of Lakewood at it’s first stop sign by Park Ave. and 7th street. Note: Ridge Ave. turns left just before the cemetery by Brook Road. You however continue straight past the cemetery as Ridge Ave. becomes East 7th street. (The way you want to go.)

Squankum Road: Squankum is a fast way to get from East County Line to Monmouth near 8th street.

Areas To Avoid: There are a few places in town that seemingly can back up- “just because” they are: County Line E. at Clifton, at Squankum. County Line at Rt. 9. Rt. 9 South at Main Street. Central Ave at Rt. 9. Rt. 9 North between Chestnut and Central Ave. Martin Luther at Pine St. Main St/Rt. 88 at Clifton. 4th Street towards Clifton.

Of course this knowledge is accumulative, after driving these hallowed streets for some 20+ years. Each area as we all know has it’s own special little shortcut or quick route. All Are welcome to post in the comment section any little driving tidbit that would benefit Your neighbor or guest.

Realize: all routes posted above can be used in either direction. Please make mention if you are commenting on a one way route.

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  1. Maybe because there are people living on Vine who value their lives and their children’s lives. There actually was an orthodox development off of Vine that complained about the 25 MPH speed limit on Vine. I could not get over the nerve of these people who thought that the safety of their neighbors is not as important as them getting to where they have to as quick as they can.


  2. The width of a street does not dictate the speed limit! It is a residential street so the township is smart in keeping the speed limit at 25

  3. any residential area is 25mph, so going 40 and above, say like going north or south on lexington is not cool, and will and should get anyone a ticket.

  4. A empty street to Hope Road would be 14h Street. Or North Lake Drive, especially from Yeshiva.

    Also- it can be hard to turn left off park raod onto east county line road.

    Also- a fast route to Heartstone from Hope Road would be to East veterans Prkway, then right onto cross street and then left onto Hearthstone or Princewood Ave. This saves about 7-8 minutes Bain Hasadorim.

  5. to get to pine street you dont have to go all the way to the stadium. You could go to america of the streets which goesto pine street.

  6. state law mandates the speed limits in residential, school and business districts… they are the same statewide. you must be another belligerent speeder that has been caught in the past and have no concern for the safety of the public.

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