Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles responds to your ‘Ask The Mayor’ questions: Do I Need to Wait for a Green Light?

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].


Hi, I had a question for a while I was wondering the answer. I’d like to know if when I am traveling northbound on Rt. 9 and I’d like to make a left on to north lake drive. Since that left turn is before the intersection of Rt. 9 and Rt. 88 do I need to wait for a green to make that left or not?


Response from Mayor Coles:

Good morning,

We ran this by Traffic & Safety. Their response was that for the everyone, drivers have to wait for the light to turn green for them to make a left hand turn.

Thanks for reaching out



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    • He/She wasn’t sure that street is part of that intersection, as it’s before the light.
      As in you don’t wait for the light at your corner to turn green before you turn into your driveway.

  1. Even if its green everyone blocks that intersection heading south making it impossible to make a left turn heading north. No courtesy. How about a cat and mouse traffic setup by Traffic Officers?

  2. The solution would be not to allow a left handed turn onto North Lake Drive from rt. 9 as that would alleviate the bottleneck that’s typical at that intersection.

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