Mayor Ray Coles once again addresses early-morning backup on New Hampshire Avenue

Multiple residents once again contacted TLS about the morning backup on New Hampshire Avenue, as the Township has protocol against non-emergency work before 10:00 AM.

Below is one of the emails we received:

Good morning Mr. Mayor,

This morning again, New Hampshire Ave was backed up bumper to bumper due to road work. The backup went all the way down to Route 88. This is not the first or second time in the recent weeks that there was construction being down in the early rush hour morning.

The Mayor released the following statement:

I checked with traffic and safety about this. Apparently JCP&L declared some type of emergency and did not inform LPD before before closing down the lane. I am still waiting to hear back as to what necessitated the closure. Our protocol says they should let LPD know about needed lane closures and do everything possible not to close down streets until after 10:00AM & be finished by 3:30.

Traffic & Safety will reiterate this with them to try to avoid issues like this in the future, While emergencies cannot be predicted, communication and planning should not be ignored.

Thank you for reaching out


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  1. Maybe a fine should be imposed every time someone shuts down a lane of traffic without alerting – and getting confirmation from LPD.

  2. Notice how JCP&L makes the statement and that the location is the Lakewood Municipal Utilities Authority. Just saying. Read about the gas pipeline? This cyber takedown of vital infrastructure is becoming more prevalent. Traffic problems are lower on the totem pole then other more serious problems that can occur.

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