Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles responds to your ‘Ask The Mayor’ questions: Multiple Traffic-Related 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].


Hi Mayor Ray

Know it’s premature but everything takes forever so maybe bringing this up now you can start working on the solution.

When the light goes live at oak and the 9 the backup of cars going southbound will make it very difficult to get out and make a left on the 9 out of developments Brentwood sterling forest sterling place.

A partial solution would be to make a box with xxxx and signage not to block the box( haha who would listen anyways!)

Thanks for all ur help.

Response from Mayor Coles:

I think it’s a good idea and will see if the state will allow the box to be pot on Rt 9

We have a similar situation at Chestnut & New Hampshire. I’m told the box as well as the sign that says you will be ticketed if you block the box has helped

Thanks for the suggestion



Dear mayor,

I hope this letter finds you well. Thank you for everything you do for us.

i have been reading the traffic light timing related questions recently all the back and forth of changing this intersections timing and that intersections timing and it bothered me why are we still stuck in the past calculating and changing the timing manually when there is a system like the NoTraffic that does it all in real time

the NoTraffic is a cloud based system that uses data from surrounding intersections to compute the timing for each red/green light.

the NoTraffic system has been proven in real world tests (it was installed in a couple of places in the USA already) to save up to 40% of time wasted by traffic lights. it saves 20% greenhouse gases and it can prioritize emergency vehicles… the benefits are numerous.

thank you,
a frustrated citizen

Response from Mayor Coles:

I will ask our engineers to look into it. I am not familiar with it

Thanks for the suggestion



Hi Mayor Coles,

I hope this email finds you and your family healthy and well.

Last September I sent in a request to fix bad roads resulting from the Water Companies upgrade project on James Street near Cross Street and on James Street driving over the railroad tracks near Williams St. You replied that the paving was a 2 part job and after the second time it will be paved smoothly. I was a little skeptical but I am happy to say that both have been corrected.

Thank you for following through and making sure our roads are paved properly to avoid any harm to people and/or property.

Thank you,
Debbie Rex

Response from Mayor Coles:

I am happy to hear the system worked the way it was supposed to.

Thanks for letting me know



What is the plan for easing up the pine street traffic? Is there any intention of making the streets “no parking” so that there can be adequate lanes, turning lanes etc? I understand that we keep talking about opening vine, but it’s not going to do enough to help the problem. It seems that we have to create more lanes.

Response from Mayor Coles:

Good afternoon. We have engineering looking into a partial widening of Pine St. I hadn’t responded because I was waiting for them to get back to me.



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  1. Pine should be two lanes both ways and shoulder should be removed . Not sure how forest park and somerset walk and Washington will make left turns but with hotel coming and all traffic coming up ave of the estates now and even more when that is finished being developed Pine will be dead zone if plan isn’t implemented now . We also have three souls coming on Line within next six months which will only add to the nightmare . At very least Pine needs to be two lanes going towards route 9. Also thanks for the beautiful warehouse that was just built on Pine st right across from a residential development , really enhances the neighborhood. Good thing we planted some trees at Arlington at the dead end to counter the grey steel warehouse !

  2. A better solution for the people turning left on rt 9 is to make it illegal to turn left on rt 9!! People are constantly inching into rt9 traffic and blocking one lane while they can get thru. Just eliminate ALL left turns on rt 9!! Please!

  3. You can’t just eliminate left turn’s without an alternative for people to go left – last I checked there are no jug handles or a small block to allow people to turn around and go left. Maybe place some traffic circles on the 9? Unfortunately, the one on Oak didn’t last too long because supposedly no one knows how to use them. somehow in the rest of NJ they work great..

  4. It’s time to ban dead ends. Dead ends add more people but block roadways. I understand these people want their “safety for their kids etc” so we can lower speed limits like nyc. One massive one that comes to mind is by central Ave and central Ct. many more others wasted roads

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