Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles responds to your ‘Ask The Mayor’ questions: Paper Streets

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 Mr. Mayor,

When I was an active real estate agent I was shown how many paper roads there were in Lakewood. If only a few of them became real roads the terrible traffic congestion in Lakewood would be a nightmare of the past. Is the township ever going to make some of these paper roads into real roads in the not so distant future??

Response from Mayor Coles:

Most of these paper streets were laid out decades ago. Normally. When a developer comes in to build on a particular piece of property, they may use the existing road network or request that they be vacated, so new roads can be laid out. The developer, not the township, bears the cost for the roads.

Occasionally the township will decide developing a paper street is the best way to address traffic in an area. Vine St between Pine & Cedarbridge is the best current example of this.

Many roads that look like they could work have obstacles, such as wetlands, which can preclude us being able to develop the road. It took years for the Vine Street project to be approved by the state because a small portion of it is adjacent to wetlands.




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    • I don’t believe you are correct. The shul is adjacent to it, and if I recall correctly the reason it was never opened was because the neighbors who live in that street petitioned to not have it opened as it would cause unsafe heavy traffic through their neighborhood. I may be mistaken but I believe that was the reason.

  1. I’ve been told that when Governor Murphy enacted the plastic and paper bag ban in 2022, he also sought to ban paper-streets. But many NJ Democratic lawmakers argued that using paper to build streets would actually reduce waste and leave less paper laying around in the streets. Hence, Governor Murphy put the paper-street ban on hold. Other lawmakers argued that building paper-streets actually causes more paper to be found in the streets. And then there are those NJ lawmakers who are of the opinion that paper bag bans and paper-street bans are just an attempt to paper over the real problems that NJ residents face.

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