Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles responds to your ‘Ask The Mayor’ questions: Chestnut and New Hampshire

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].



I’ve seen a few accidents happen at the intersection of chestnut and New Hampshire.

As well, as the traffic builds up during rush hour to make the left turn from chestnut to New Hampshire; I can sometimes wait in traffic there for 15 or more minutes just for the left turn. There are no stop signs, no traffic light…

Is there a way to put up a traffic light please?


Response from Mayor Coles:

There are plans to reconfigure this entire intersection. The county & state are working to finalize them so that we can finally get the light at Chestnut & New Hampshire. This has taken far too long. I sent a request for an update to the county a week or so ago & hope to have a better timeline soon.

Stay Safe



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  1. How can there be a light at that intersection if it’s just past the light on Rt 70? How would that work? If the light on Rt 70 was green and then the light at Chestnut was red… the lights can’t always be configured to be red and green at the same time…

    • A short turn only light with 2 lanes per direction off Chestnut.

      Most of the time it’s possible to turn safely aside for one or two vehicles, keep those at short stop and VIOLA!

  2. Make the intersection a Right Turn ONLY during certain times of the day (7a-7p) just like they did on route 9 north of Main St, and then make it No Left Turns during the same time frames. Easy!! plus making those drivers actually accountable for their lack of attention at the intersection would be great too. Not putting another traffic light that may or may not be synced with the light 150′ from the intersection. It has worked for over 40 years, Now all of a sudden you want a traffic light. You won’t get anywhere in this town fast anymore. Its all one big traffic nightmare.

    • certain times would be 2-3 minutes before and after 9am 9:30am 2pm.
      Not always is Right turn only not only not the smart choice can also make more traffic at congested intersections and roads.
      as is the right turning lane new hampshire to 70 is overly congested.
      Simple left turn off Chestnut while New Hampshire is turning right; with all due respect meanwhile no left turn off New Hampshire onto Chestnut is a perfectly safe left turn!
      Basicallyy rule NUMBER 1 : Be Alert. Stop where necessary Drive Safely When Possible.

      Route 9 North of Main has many streets in between. with some streets traffic signals = left turns.

      Making less options ain’t gonna solve problems only add more. Today’s traffic proves the neccessity of opening more streets (ahem Vermont Ave RATHER than closing streets and blocking roadways.
      thank you!

  3. I live off of Chestnut and I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that there seems to be almost one accident a week at the intersection of Chestnut and New Hampshire. I literally daven when I approach it. Please,we need it fixed ASAP!! HASHEM YISHMOR!

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