Township To Place Temporary Traffic Light At MLK & Pine Street

VIDEO: Also at last night’s meeting, Mayor Miller asked that the Township place a temporary traffic light at the intersection of Martin Luther King Drive and Pine Street. The reason for the temporary light, says Mayor Miller, is to ensure that no traffic backups or other issues arise from area developments after installing a permanent light.

The $9,000/month temporary light, which consists of three pieces of equipment, will be monitored by the Township to ensure that it alleviates the current traffic backups. Photo credit: Lakewood Shopper.



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  1. $9000 a month??? For that price the town could post one of it’s new police officers there to direct traffic. $9000 a month equals $108,000 a year, which is more than a new officer gets with all his benefits. And a plus for the town is all the tickets he could write to the traffic offenders which equates into income for the town.

  2. Renting the new traffic light is a great idea! In 2 or 3 months it will allow the town to figure out the best traffic pattern for that area. It will also show if it will not work and then try to figure out something else. This is not a waste of money with the temporary light a true traffic pattern will exist and then we can listen to the people complain how worse it is. Mayor Miller you will never win no matter how hard you try ….. good luck anyway.

  3. taxes are going up …lights are not a bad idea …..but ask the guys to go slow we alredy hired 6 cops at an average of 100k a year just dont want to get into that spending habbit again

  4. Why couldn’t they put up a temporary light at Hope and South Lake before putting up a permanent one that blocks traffic, delays lights, and only helps out a few seniors from the complex nearby?
    Since they put up that light, I have to wait on North Lake an extra minute, and Miller is always backed up, which adds even more time… It was a bad idea and they should have tested it first.

  5. Wow! is all I can say. We have been waiting for this for years! Great idea to try it temporarily to make sure that it helps the flow of traffic. Thank you Mayor Miller!

  6. Maybe they should take the light from South Lake Dr. and Hope Rd. and put it by Martin Luther and Pine. I’ve been traveling every day for almost a year via Hope Rd. and since they put in the light, traffic is much worse not AT ALL better. It would be better to have a panel of citizens who navigate this town every day discuss where to put lights rather than let some township persona decide. I have a whole bunch of good ideas.

  7. The light at Hope and South lake is a disaster. There is also something wrong with the Sunset/Central light. If you are on sunset the sensors don’t pick up that there is a car there and it can easily be a 3 minute light!!! I have timed it myself, 2-3 minutes average.

  8. That light on hope was put up by the county and has absolutely nothing to do wit hthe township. So dont mix the decission of the light on hope to this light.

  9. $9,000/month!!!!???? -ok (moderated) that is charging these exuberant prices?

    YOU CAN CALL (moderated) 2 TRAILER TRAFFIC LIGHTS RENTAL AT $4,800/month!
    (exactly what you have pictured above)

  10. James St and Hope Rd are county roads if the lights don’t work correctly or you have a better idea how they should work call the County traffic and let them know, then have your friends call and let them know. Don’t just complain tell them what should be done and I am sure they will look into it.

  11. What we need is more streets not more lights. If they would open some of the streets in the area that are dead ends we can actually take down some lights and we’d all be able to drive easier.

  12. attn mr anon. none of the streets in the area that are dead ends should be opened up. that would put children in danger. the town should pave vine like theyre suppose

  13. Having a light at Pine and MLK is a very good idea. My question is will it have a left turn arrow off Pine,if not it will only make traffic worse.

  14. #23 is correct: a left turn lane and arrow from MLK is vital for traffic flow.
    And what’s going on on Sunset and James? You ake a left turn onto James just to meet up with a red light and there’s only room for 1 car. Recipe for a real traffic mess.

  15. The lights should have sensors so when there is no need for a red light, like on an empty street in the middle of the night, it should revert to a blinking light. There are times of the day when there is a great need for traffic lights, like when school starts and ends or when seder in Yeshiva starts and ends, so lights should be timed accordingly.

  16. Hello?
    1) If there is a light on Pine & MLK, you can only go right or left from MLK, you don’t need an arrow!
    2) If you make a left from Sunset, just go! You don’t need to wait, it’s just the light from the other direction! What are you thinking?

  17. # 28 is absolutely correct. some lights are useless/unnecessary in the evenings and are a major annoyance.
    by the way township people, maybe you should have thought about this before approving all this construction…

  18. This traffic light is so very needed and has been needed for years. What I don’t understand is why the light at New Central was put in. It isnl’t such a busy intersection and the light only stops the flow of traffic on Central Ave. The need on MLK has been great, but ignored until now for some reason, while unecessary light were put in.

  19. finally a traffic light. i’m always in that area during the week and it can help me cross the street safely. this is excellent news for pedestrians. especially during the school year when i see more cars and buses on the street making it nearly impossible to cross. i could understand if 9,000 is a lot of money, but this is greatly needed.
    and why should police officers have to be there all the time? let them have a break. they work hard.

  20. Mayor Menashe Miller wants only the best for Lakewood. This intersection has been a hazard for years, and this may be the needed remedy.

    The light will not be able to control behavior, but pedestrians with children may be safer with a traffic control light at this location.

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