Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles responds to your ‘Ask The Mayor’ questions: Drake Road

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].


Dear Mayor Coles,

I respectfully ask that you or one of your deputies take a drive on Drake Road. The windy street has no shoulders, no lane markings, poor lighting and numerous potholes and uneven pavement. Further, the road has different widths at various points making it treacherous and extremely dangerous to navigate for cars passing each other in opposite directions at the road’s narrowest points. G-d forbid, it’s accidents waiting to happen. I humbly suggest that this should be a priority Township project. It’s a short street; perhaps you can devote a few moments to drive on it some night so you can see for yourself.

Thank you in advance for your prompt attention and hopeful resolution.


Response from Mayor Coles:

Good morning,

Public Works will have out Pot Hole crew out to Drake Rd today. Additionally I have asked our Engineering Department to review the whole stretch of road and come back to me with recommendations about what we can do to improve safety concerns in the short term as well as a plan to fully address any issues on the road.

Thanks for bringing this to my attention



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  1. Also no sidewalks.
    Mr Coles, not sure if you are aware, but this area is set and approved for heavy future development .
    There are no less than 5 schools in that Drake vicinity and yet this yet looks like it was designed for a rural unpopulated area.
    This is the type of lack preplanning that really gets the people upset
    We like development but this area is a no brainer that it needs help NOW before its too late

  2. I have an idea why not widen the road now before the builders start and there is no room to expand it later.
    Hey Planning Board do your job, make the builders pay for the road upgrade.

  3. And yet, some of those very same schools were the ones who begged the planning board to grant them waivers from widening the road and from providing curbs and sidewalks! In fact, one attorney for a local school there told the board that the “neighbors have asked that Drake Rd remain the rural road that it is now” – there were no neighbors present to deny these words.

    If you get involved in watching the boards in town, you’ll see exactly what I see going on there.

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