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


I appreciate this platform and to get answers and information that is pertinent to us as a growing town.
As residents of the Pine Street area, we have watched the area’s growth and traffic back ups grow worse and worse each year. Now that Vine Street is paved and almost complete, there has been a lot of talk about the light being installed at the Cedarbridge and Vine Street corner. But we have not heard anything about a light being installed on the Pine Street corner.

This new intersection is going to add traffic and added danger as cars will be making making left turns onto Pine Street, which is already too busy . Before the street was ever created, there was a desperate need for a light either in Washington or at Marc, which gets horribly backed up due to all the southside of Lakewood traffic coming through this area. ( I sit on Washington or Marc for an average of 15 minutes before reaching the Pine Street corner
every day around 3/4:00) Adding another street to deposit in cars onto Pine Street with cars turning off of Pine Street in the middle of all this is a disaster waiting to happen. What is going to be done to alleviate this and help rather than further hurt our area ?

Thank you for your time.

Response from Mayor Coles:

Good morning

There will be a light at Vine & Pine, We are looking for ways to redesign the intersection at Washington & Pine as well to make things move better. We are also looking at widening a stretch of Pine to again make it easier for traffic to get through the area.




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  1. Well then, don’t install the light at Vine and Pine until all the necessary redesigns and street widening to Pine and Washington are made.! The STRESS that drivers go through six days a week is unacceptable and dangerous both to their health and safety!
    The Township’s Master Plan was drawn up many years ago. The requests for new construction should have been denied until the infrastructure was built to accommodate all traffic that comes with all the new building. Why wasn’t Avenue of The States widened before all the new businesses were built?

  2. @Rosie, as I commented before, Lakewood is good at being reactive instead of proactive. Instead of preparing the infrastructure for a new project BEFORE the project begins, improvements are made AFTER chaos ensues because of the new project. That’s how things work in Lakewood. It’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks…

  3. SE side people go to college to learn how to be stupid don’t you realize it take brains to come out from behind your desk and look at a situation before you okay it looks good on paper but if you don’t examine it first what does it do nothing but cause chaos because it looked good on paper.

  4. pine st needs two lanes going towards route nine from NH all way down and street parking only on side going towards NH . That’s minimum. Opening arlington would help as well and make arlington parking on one side as well. U can’t allow special interests to dictate what remains open and what remains closed and just continue allowing souls and office buildings and schools to be built .

    • You are making some solid points. I recommend that you attend some upcoming Zoning Board meetings so you can appropriately voice your concerns regarding the applications which will be presented at those public hearings.

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