Hatzolah To Have Control Of The Now Functioning Central And New Central Traffic Light

If you’re driving up or down Central Avenue, use extra caution when approaching the intersection of New Central, as the traffic light is now functional. The light however, has a unique exception. Several months ago, the County opted to place a light at the intersection of these two roads which cross right near the new Hatzolah garage, which would essentially make things more difficult for the Ambulances.

However, the County, realizing Hatzolah’s needs, offered to give Hatzolah control of the light in case of an emergency, the Lakewood Shopper reported. This is accomplished by running a wire directly from the light to the Hatzolah building, which Hatzolah will utilize when an ambulance needs to leave and proceed down Central Avenue. The goal is that when the ambulance reaches the intersection, the light will already be in its favor.

In other communities, emergency services are sometimes outfitted with the OpticomTraffic signal preemption system. This is a type of system that allows the normal operation of traffic lights to be preempted to assist emergency vehicles usually via some sort of on board tag or device. This device is turned on and off as needed by emergency workers. However, such a system is cost prohibitive, especially in a town like Lakewood which has many lights. TLS/Lakewood Shopper.

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16 COMMENTS

  1. It’s difficult to understand why this intersection got a light before the most congested intersection at Pine and Martin Luther. THe Martin Luther intersection has been congested for so many years now. I live near the Central and New Central intersection and I pass it every day. I’m not sure why it needs a light at all, but certainly not before the Martin Luther bottleneck.

  2. The camera sensor facing new central for some reason is focused only on cars in the right turn lane. If only left turning cars are waiting it will never change!

  3. I agree with #1. I live in the pine street are and cant understand why they still didnt put a light. you could have cars waiting 10 min to make a left turn!!

  4. To #4 and #2: You have a great point however the answer is one is a county route and one is a township road. The county has a dif. budget then the township. They each make dif decissions therefore you cant compare them.

  5. This light is dangerous to motorist.
    During the noon hours when driving west on central the sun glares in ur eyes .YOU CAN NOT SEE IF THE LIGHT IS RED OR GREEN.Its an accident waiting to happen.

  6. To #8
    That is probably because this Hatzolah garage has their driveway about 20 feet from the intersection, the EMS driveway is about 1500 feet from the intersection, so it won’t help them get out of their driveway.

    On a side note, the fire station on Pine & Rt 9 has the same ability to control the traffic light on the corner there.

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