Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles responds to your ‘Ask The Mayor’ questions: Challenging for Walkers

The following is an ‘Ask The Mayor’ question submitted to TLS, and the Mayor’s response. Email your questions for the Mayor to [email protected].


Going from North to South on Route 9 right after paved sidewalk on the bridge there, is a very sandy spot that makes it difficult for people walking in either direction. When it rains it gets full of puddles and makes it very challenging and dangerous to walk. Is is possible for the township to fill it up with earth and or layer it with gravel? It would make it more safe to walk and bike. Thank you so much.


Response from Mayor Coles:

Good afternoon,

Public Works will be upgrading this area. They will be adding crushed stone along the path. Hopefully this will eliminate the puddling issues. We cannot pave it with asphalt due to environmental regulations. Also because this particular area runs along RT 9 and the trucks will have to set up along Rt t9 and we will have to use a back how to place material, it will be done Friday nights as the traffic will be minimal.

Hopefully you will be able to enjoy a puddle free walk very soon.

Thanks for reaching out & stay safe



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  1. How about enforcing construction site safety. Aren’t homeowners required to keep their sidewalks clear and safe to walk?? Anywhere but lakewood construction sites need to be clean and secure. Construction materials shouldn’t be blocking walkways or overflowing on to the streets.

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