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 live on Oak Street, and wanted to bring to your attention the urgent need for side walks on Oak Street. Since the new installation of the traffic light, there are turning lanes and the shoulders have been removed. Currently, there is no way for me or my children to walk out of my driveway, since cars are zooming by. My children can’t walk to the bus stop without being in the street, and I can’t walk down the block to a neighbor or on Shabbos because we are literally in the path of oncoming traffic. Please can you consider installing sidewalks this summer? If I want to walk down the block with a stroller, it is truly dangerous to leave my house and I am afraid for my children who want to visit their friends in this beautiful weather. We appreciated that you put sidewalks on Albert Avenue, and are requesting the same for Oak Street.
Separately, we are wondering what the reasoning was behind the turning lane on Oak going south on Albert Avenue, towards a dead end called Salem Avenue. It is really surprising, as that is not a congested area, and there is no need for a turning lane in that direction. Perhaps it was a mistake, and there was supposed to be one lane going straight on Oak, with the turning lane going north on Albert. Please take a look at this, because the neighborhood residents are scratching their heads trying to figure out the rationale behind the turning lanes.
Thank you in advance for your consideration. I am a follower of your column on the Lakewood Scoop, and appreciate the forum where simple residents of this wonderful town can interact with our township officials.
All the best, wishing you a wonderful summer,
Response from Mayor Coles:
I was made aware of several issues in the area after the lights were installed and we are in the process of addressing them. Some of the turning lanes will be removed and the shoulders will be reinstalled. Additionally we are going to use some of our CDBG funds and install sidewalks in the area.
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