New Traffic Pattern At Central & Route 9 Causes Heavy Delays

central_rt_9_new_patternHundreds of motorists were quite frustrated this morning as Central Avenue traffic backed up from Route 9 up until Sunset Road at times, due to the new traffic pattern at the major intersection. The new pattern has motorists turning left onto Route 9 from Central Avenue as well as from Hurley Avenue, simultaneously.

The new pattern, which was changed during the repaving of Route 9, is a pattern which motorists were  previously accustomed to before it was changed several years back. TLS-CCP.

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  1. As someone who has lived through this mess, I am appalled that the county would change a fix and return us to the horror this used to be.
    ]The issue here is very simple, the traffic coming from sunset, especially during the morning and afternoon rush to seder, that is waiting to turn North on route 9, dwarfs the traffic coming off Hurley.
    If they (the County) felt the wait time for two separate cycles was to much for the route 9 traffic, fine, but how do you solve this problem by allowing a green arow for at most 7 cars to get through, where until now about 15 vehicles were able to get through.
    The simple solution would either following the old adage ” If it aint broke, don’t fix it, or, at the very least, increase the left arrow turn to allow at least 15-20 vehicles to make that turn.

  2. And lets not forget what they did to “improve” the intersection by Prospect St. they added a turning lane going north and caused huge delays going south dueto the shorter light.

  3. I usually come up Hurley turning onto Rt9 South and I’ve found the new pattern to be helpfull in cutting down the wait time

  4. they should go back to where one side goes and then thee other side goes, more cars get through and the traffic keeps moving. and to #1 i agree if ain’t broken don’t fix it

  5. How about building a road connecting central ave to Forest ave. Most traffic turning left onto Route 9 from central ave end up going to the Yeshiva anyway. Take Freeman Rd and build out over the lake and connect it with Forest Ave

  6. the township would never dream of using our money to build roads, it all gets swallowed up by the public works multi million dollar compounds.

  7. I think they should drain the lakes and build town houses and roads from one side of the lake to the other. The traffic could go down Central, down Sunset, over the “lake” and avoid all the Rt 9 traffic. That’s what we really need!!!!! More townhouses.

  8. to #7 are you kidding me, they should never ever get rid of the lake or build a bridge over it, the lake make’s lakewood the grand place that it is, why don’t you move if you don’t like it #9 I hope you were joking

  9. Great idea #7 lets build a multi million dollar bridge across the lake, BUT in keeping with the planning board standards it will have only ONE lane.

  10. I was a witness to this backup. At times, the traffic cleared up. Then i saw the typical obnoxious lakewood driving, people wanted to turn left onto 9, but the left turning lane was backed up, so they casually pull up to the front of the line in the middle lane, then whamo, left signal goes on and they try to cut in. This behavious caused major backups.

  11. Hmmm…Chaim going to 2nd seder at 3:45 is a little late …that why you weren’t backed up…Either way it sounds like you just moved into the neighborhood…or visiting a friend in that area…’Cause those THAT live around there know the obvious:READ comment one again”if it ain’t broken…even with 15 cars going thru during one light…it can at some times BACK up till near Sunset!

  12. I don’t have a problem with this light change. I just go in the middle lane and at the last second put on my blinker and get in the flow of the turning lane. If its done smoothly it doesn’t distrupt the flow of traffic and it saves me a lot of time. Just if you do it make sure you do it smoothe and don’t hesiatate and distrupt the flow.

  13. Horrible! This new traffic pattern and the new lane alignment on Madison Av is sure to create more accidents than we have ever experienced. It must have taken a “mental midget” with crayons to figure this one out!

  14. the new pattern on central is a disaster in busy time. With regards to the new pattern on the 9, i think it was designed by the firm that designed outerbridge & gothals bridge. Ha!

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