Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles responds to your ‘Ask The Mayor’ questions: Cross Street

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 see many pedestrians walking down Cross Street. There is no sidewalk. For the safety of the children and other walkers, can you please make a sidewalk?


Response from Mayor Coles:

YES. We are currently working with the County to widen Cross St. This is the number one project we currently have with them. Part of that work will include sidewalks to make sure pedestrians have a safe path.



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  1. Thank you very much for addressing Cross st. It definitely needs sidewalks especially due to the large volume of traffic and the high speed traveling on Cross st. Another very busy and dangerous street which critically needs sidewalks is Massachusetts Ave which is a heavily used street and cars travel very fast. There are pedestrians walking all times of the day and night and many children riding bicycles. In many parts there is barely even a shoulder. After hearing about the terrible accident in Monsey where a mother and her few children were hit by a car when she was forced to walk the shoulder because there were no sidewalks, this should definitely be a top priority of the Township.
    Once again thank you very much for all that you do for the township and for the safety of all the residents

  2. How about the left turn off cross onto James…..long overdue.

    Still can’t believe they have left hours for traffic on James or Franklin, when there is no problem with cars turning left at either of those

  3. Please really widen Cross St to 2 lanes NOT just add some turning lanes.

    Please don’t allow any approvals until it’s actually widened. Not a plan to widen until we actually see the double lines and extra turning labels. If we approve and then hope we will have it widened eventually. The same situation like Rt 9 where we built and built hoping they widen.

    I hope the majority of Lakewood who sits in traffic are being listened to.

  4. Just so you know. Cross Street is a county road. The county does not give any approvals without the developer being required to widen the road ,put in curbs and sidewalks.

  5. @ Mike. Yes for that little strip that they have an entrance on. They don’t widen the road to add lanes they widen the roads to add a shoulder which more or less helps nothing. Even if somehow you get more improvements it does not help cross street overall.

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