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

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.

There are a number of roads and lights in town that would help traffic immensely. They are built but never seem to open.

For example, Vine St connecting Cedar Bridge and Pine St, would help traffic on South Side so much. The road is there but isn’t open. Same with the new road between Route 70 and Chestnut. Same with the light at the corner of James and Williams. It’s there, but not operational.

Also, Prospect St on the way to Cross St is so bumpy, it is very bad for the cars shocks. They recently did construction on it but never paved it. Is there any way to fix it?

Thank you!

Shraga G.

Response from Mayor Coles:

Good afternoon

We are always looking at ways to improve travel across town.

Many roads that seem to make sense have various impediments, such as environmental concerns, such as wetlands, which make completing the, very difficult and expensive.

A good example is Vine St, which has taken years to get to the point where it is now, nearly complete. The main obstacles was overcoming the environmental hurdles placed by the DEP.

The Chestnut to 70 is another example of us fighting state bureaucracy to get them to allow us to dualize the ramp off of 70 which will allow us to open the completed stretch of road.

Prospect is bumpy due to utility work which was done. it is also a county road. I have been told that the majority will be repaved very shortly. It is necessary for work like this to be done in 2 stages. The initial paving is to get the road open. That must be allowed to settle around the new pipes. Once that has occurred, a final paving is done. Doing it all at once will result in a road that deteriorates very quickly. We have repeatedly asked the county to do repairs to the preliminary paving.

I believe the light at Williams and James just went live.

Thanks for taking the time to write & for your suggestions.



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    • The problem with connecting Sunset with Massachusetts is that the land it would have to cross is private property and they don’t want to switch there land with township land, or sell it to the township.

      There has been talk about bridging the lake and that’s were it starts and ends. Should we even bridge the lake is another issue it might not even be worth it. You can’t build your way out of traffic.

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