Township to Vote on Use of Federal Grant for Vine Street Project

In addition to the roughly $1 million of Municipal funds allocated for the completion of the long awaited Vine Street road, the Township Committee is making use of an available federal grant for the project, thereby alleviating part of the burden for local taxpayers, TLS has learned.

The Vine Street project, in the works for a couple of years, is still some time away from construction officials say, but getting the funding in place is a crucial step of the process.

Once complete, Vine Street will allow motorists to drive from Pine Street to Cedar Bridge Avenue instead of using Route 9. It will also ease traffic along Pine Street – which has become a traffic nightmare for area residents.

A large contributing factor to the traffic congestion in the area, is the lack of a turning light at the intersection of Pine Street and Route 9. Neighbors complain that motorists wishing to make a left turn from Pine Street onto Route 9, can sometimes wait 2-3 traffic cycles before making the turn onto the State road.

The Township during the next Committee meeting is expected to vote on the use of the federal grant. TLS.

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  1. I don’t understand why we are avoiding the issue “WE NEED A TRAFFIC LIGHT ON MLK” waiting 10 minutes to make a left turn onto pine is routine and even then you have to squeeze dangerously into traffic.
    Spending a couple million on apatch that won’t even solve the problem is just typical politics.
    We need a start a grass roots campaign to end this traffic nightmare!!!!!

  2. Why cant vine continue on toward oak? Honestly pine to cedarbridge isnt helping the situation… It will only bring more traffic on pine street as more cars will drive down it toward the 9

  3. I live in the Arlington neighborhood.
    A traffic light at MLK and Pine will not solve the traffic issue. It will cause the intersection to be more orderly, but there will always be heavy traffic due to the fact that there is no other way from Pine to Cedarbridge.
    What would greatly alleviate the issue would be to open BOTH Arlington and Vine.
    However, my neighbors won’t allow for Arlington to be opened.
    Eventually, the Township will realize that Arlington must be opened for the good of the town even if it will inconvenience some people.

  4. How about putting a stop to all the developments that are overcrowding the area . Does any one think things through before building?

  5. I work on river ave and need to get to squankum every afternoon. The 9 is impossible so I go down Pine til Avenue of the States, cut across to Cedarbridge then left to Clover. It takes all of 7 minutes to get home that way.

  6. What about asking the state to put up a turn arrow at Pine st & River Ave for motorists to get onto pine easier..
    As for MLK Dr & Pine..we do not need another Traffic light. This is not a big city “yet” we dont need a light at every corner it will make driving in this town more unbearable..if you need to get onto pine st use another intersection there are 4 in this town..

  7. Please open up Arlington instead because the whole point is to get the traffic will Off of pine Street and if they would open up of vine street It went Add a tremendous amount of new house in that area and it would defeat the purpose.

  8. unfortunately – we do need more traffic lights and we are becoming a “big city” in certain parts of Lakewood. I have been living off pine for 3 years and the amount of traffic increase Year over Year in unbelievable – In my opinion we need a light on MLK and we need to open BOTH Vine and Arlington in order to relieve the pressure off of Pine Street. you could argue that the light on MLK might not be necessary if Arlington and Vine are opened but I still believe that between the number of cars as well as pedestrians looking to cross Pine in that area a light is required.

  9. To #5- Vine already pretty much goes all the way to Oak and even further, it just gets interrupted by the building right before Spruce. But you can avoid Route 9 entirely, all the way from Cedarbridge to Oak and even further to Yale (right by GingerBread House) by taking either MLK or Avenue of the States to Pine, up Washington, a quick right on Spruce and left onto Vine all the way to and past Oak, past the sports field, where it curves around to Yale and get to Rt 9. And you can even turn off Vine to the left across from the sports field and go to Chestnut.

  10. Can anyone enlighten me ?
    How is it that developers put up houses in areas with inadequate infrastructure and then leave it to tax payers who gain nothing from this to fund the necessary upgrades ?
    Am I missing something ? Why is no one else asking this ?

  11. #16 – no one is asking your question because its to late. If anything they are beating themselves for being blind when they built those developements beforehand.

    At his point 90% of LAkewood agrees with you, its just too late. Now, hopefully the township will use their seikal and think of solutions.

  12. you probably dont live on arlington and thats why you don’t mind it being opened….your neighbors that don’t want it opened probably live on arlington..

  13. you are right, there should be an impact fee that the developers pay prior to construction to offset the cost of improvements.


  15. you probably dont live on arlington and thats why you don’t mind it being opened….your neighbors that don’t want it opened probably live on arlington..
    Actually, I do live on Arlington, but I’m Ehrlich enough to realize that the world would be a terrible place if everyone just did what was good for them.
    True, I don’t want Arlington opened, but in my heart I know it’s the right thing for the town.

  16. Stop building, Enough is enough… Are you planning on taking every piece of vacant land and build on it. There will not be an issue about traffic lights and intersections and cross streets, soon you will not be able to drive period…..

  17. #23 You are a true Ehriche Yid and not selfish. I understand the concern of the Arlington residence but there is a tremendous rabim that need this verses the few yechidim on Arlington

  18. To: #20 anon,
    Please show me where all the building, “creating ratables” has ever lowered the taxes in Lakewood. The more you build the more services you need! The cost of these services have always cost more than the new taxbase created, at least it has always been that way in Lakewood.

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