Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles responds to your ‘Ask The Mayor’ questions: James 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]


Mr Mayor,

Below is an email I sent well over a month ago to the Ocean County Officials regarding the hazard that exists on James St at the railroad tracks.
Please forward to the appropriate parties as soon as possible.

Good afternoon.

I reside in Lakewood, NJ, in close proximity to William St and James Street. James St is a road that is handled by the County.
In recent weeks there has been roadwork consisting of scraping and repaving of James St from the intersection of Freedom Dr until the Conrail railroad tracks.
While the stretch of road has been nicely paved, it appears that the scraping removed a deep layer of the original roadway. Currently, when driving east from Freedom Drive there is a noticeable dip in the roadway. The real issue exists where James St intersects the tracks when traveling West there is a considerable jolt and “hump” in the roadway. In addition, there is a large pool of water at the tracks after a considerable rainfall.
We would appreciate if the road crew can inspect and repair the roadway expeditiously.

Thank you for your public service.



Response from Mayor Coles:

Good morning

This came up yesterday as well. The county is waiting on a final DEP permit to complete the work by the tracks. Once this is received, the hump will disappear. The other work was done during the summer when many folks are away to minimize the disruption paving would cause at other, busier times of the year.

Thanks for reaching out.



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  1. Thank you Mr. Mayor. However, how many more years until that traffic light at James and Williams will finally be installed?? And for all those frustrated by the absolute gridlock in that area, there are many more houses being built on Prisoect and James in addition to a huge Girls High School in the near future.

    • The roads are too small and too old to handle any of this traffic.

      How about slow down the building and start using the open land for roads that can handle the new traffic.

      You complain about the traffic now, what is the traffic going to be with all the new housing and a large school.

      Add more roads first

  2. There are numerous serious traffic issues all over town. They can’t all be blamed on the county and state. Our traffic studies are flawed and must be corrected. All these accidents are due to driver frustration. It’s time for the township to do a “real” traffic study and find solutions to all the issues that have been created over the past several year. People’s lives in danger and the officials ignore the real issues.

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