Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles responds to your ‘Ask The Mayor’ questions: Multiple Questions

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].


Why don’t you make 2 left turning lanes from main ave turning left onto cedarbridge sometimes it’s backed up to the railroad tracks(Also far fewer vehicles go straight towards route 9 and turn right onto Clifton)? Also make right on red permitted for those turning off cedar bridge onto Main Ave while the aforementioned has a left signal?

Response from Mayor Coles:

Good morning

Main is also known as Rt 88, which is a state highway. Cedarbridge Ave is a county Rd. I think your idea has a lot of merit. I have forwarded it to our engineer and asked him to open a dialog with the county to see what can be done. Lakewood owns the lot at the southeast corner, so if they decide that some additional land is required to make the improvements we would certainly work with them.




Is there any way to synchronize the lights on Route 70 as well as on New Hampshire? I find that if I get one red light, going the posted speed limit, I get a red light by every following intersection on both these roads. There should be a way to synchronize that.

Thank you!

Response from Mayor Coles:

Good morning,

We can certainly ask the engineers, to look into this. I know how frustrating it can be. I always consider a trip to NYC a success if I can keep up with the lights for 20-30 blocks! There is no reason should not be able to do something similar in town. Technology has made synchronizing lights much easier than in the past.

But, I have to let you know that RT 70 is s state highway and New Hampshire is a county road.

We will bring your suggestion to the appropriate agency & push them as best we can.




Hi My Mayor,

Thanks for listening and responding to these questions.

The intersection of Cedarbridge and New Hampshire has four left turning lanes. A couple cars go when the arrow turns green then it turns yellow and then the round/regular traffic lights turn green and all traffic flows. Cars are still waiting to turn left and are allowed to turn once the opposing traffic is clear. This is where and when the accidents are constantly occurring. opposing traffic speeding up to make the yellow, the guy making the left trying to grab the turn before the light turns red and Bang!! hey-they both had a yellow so they both went for it! why don’t we let the green arrow allow 10 cars to go and then the arrow turns yellow and then it TURNS RED and then the other lights turn green. and the left turns cant go anymore. it might be a little inconvenient, but it will stop the rat race to make that left when opposing traffic is speeding thru the yellow. this system is by rt 9 and kennedy/county line. the green arrow allows a few cars to go and then the arrow eventually turns red and no more left turns. I don’t recall seeing accidents at that intersection like we have at cedarbridge and new Hampshire.

Dave the Rave

Response from Mayor Coles:

Good morning

Receiving and responding to your questions is one of the best parts of this job.

What I do not relish, is having to tell people that their ideas are great but that we must go to another entity to get them approved.

In this case, both roads are owned and controlled by the county.

I will ask engineering to reach out to the county engineer and see if they are willing to adjust the timing to make things safer.

I also have my next meeting with the commissioners and their engineers the first week of March. I will add this to the discussion items.

Thanks for taking the time to write.

Stay safe



Dear Mr. Mayor,

Last year, construction on new lights and lanes at the intersection of Williams and James streets was completed. Then, just a few weeks ago, a utility company came and dug up the entire area, leaving it with filled-in asphalt. The job was done very sloppily.

1) Will the utility company repave the ENTIRE intersection?

2) If yes, when?

3) Aren’t there laws regarding how soon after a road is paved it can be dug into?

Thank you for all you do for our town.

Response from Mayor Coles:

Good morning

When utility companies dig up roads to replace or repair pipes and mains, they are required to make the repairs.

Initially, a base paving is put down. This is allowed to settle, sometimes for a period of several months, before a final paving is done to restore the road. This insures we do not have dips in the road

Many times we try to work with the companies and put their requirement to repair what was disturbed together with our desire to fully pave a road and save our residents on the paving.

In all honesty, one of my biggest complaints with the engineering company who oversees road opening permits has been the lag in time to make sure the final paving is done as soon as possible after the opening.

We reiterated this to them in a meeting last week, and I am hoping to see better results in closing out these repairs and returning the streets to good condition.




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  1. So for all those wondering, the reason why lights are not synchronized is because one of the purposes of traffic lights, besides for controlling intersections, is also to control the speed of traffic. If there are straight greens for 5 miles people will be able to speed the whole way through.
    The frequent red lights slow down traffic as a whole and prevent excessive speed.

  2. Not the case on New Hampshire Ave in Lakewood you can put five thousand lights on that road and they still will find a way to go seventy miles an hour down the road.

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