Two Long-Awaited Traffic Lights Coming Soon to Rt. 9 in Lakewood

Two long-awaited traffic lights are coming soon to Rt. 9 in Lakewood.

The traffic lights will be installed at the intersection of Route 9 (River Ave.) and Oak Street, as well as the intersection of Route 9 and Chateaua Drive/Broadway. Both of these intersections have been the scene of numerous accidents, and left turns have been extremely difficult for motorists to navigate both day and night.

Mayor Coles tells TLS the Township was asked by the State to pay their portion of the lights, and will be passing a resolution regarding it at the next Township meeting. Installation is expected in the coming months, the Mayor says (as promised also in the the Ask The Mayor column last year).

Another major intersection soon to be reconfigured (as earlier reported on TLS), is the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue and Chestnut Street. As part of the configuration, Mayor Coles says, the Rt. 70 exit/jug handle ramp to New Hampshire Avenue will get a makeover. The reason for the delay, is due to the fact that the intersection needs approvals from all three jurisdictions – the Township, County and State.

In addition, multiple four-way stop signs are being installed in the Oak and Vine area, as well as regular stop signs in the Cathedral Drive area.

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  1. Mr Mayor, what’s with the James St and Williams St intersection, a traffic light is badly needed because it’s so hard to make the left turn from Williams onto James when there’s no crossing guard. At 4pm, traffic is backed up for blocks. In a 2018 ask the mayor article here on the scoop you said a traffic light is being installed by the county. Well it’s been almost 4 years, why the delay?

  2. Excellent
    Now the drivers will need to be convinced and motivated to actually adhere to the new lights, without flooring their pedals on yellow, or trying to turn long after the light turned red, only because they already were within the sight of the intersection, and were playing the “I saw it first” scenario right out of Bava Metzia.

  3. I wish I can say thank you for all that you are doing. Although in the ten years I’m living in Lakewood there has not been much doing. Every intersection needs a light or a four way stop sign, not just the accident prone intersections. It seems like it takes a lot quicker to approve housing units then traffic lights, maybe we take a break on that before the traffic problems are fixed.

  4. I am curious how these new lights at oak and route 9 and chateu and route 9 will impact those of us who wait at pine blvd to make a left. Will it ever be clear ? Time will tell 😉

  5. Oh my Goodness! The amount of complaining is just sickening.
    How about being thankful and appreciative for what you DO have and what HAS BEEN done, instead of complaining about what hasn’t YET been done.
    Rakel T, Now that you’re housing is built and you are here, you want them to stop building?! Not fair or right. And if you’re not happy with the way the town is, then please know there are other towns you can move to! I’ll help you pack.
    ALL the lights, 4 way stop signs, regular stop signs, etc. in this town is because of all the building and traffic in a small town that WAS NOT built to handle it. Because of people like another commentator here who wanted to move here and then complain.
    THANK YOU to all who were involved in getting this accomplished!

  6. what about moving the wall between rt.9 and the lake about 6 feet, so that the traffic turning onto central ave can line up from north lake drive until central ave ( that way we will have 2 lanes until central ave

  7. As long as the new lights at Oak and Chateau Dr. will be in sync with each other, then making left turns into Rte. 9 from side streets will be possible.

  8. Linda, thank you for pointing out what needed to be said. Lakewood is overcrowded with way too many housing units. If the towns structure is ill suited for the amount of housing units being built here, why are they being allowed to continue building? Linda, please specify what you mean when you state “things have been done” ? besides building more housing units and not fixing the roads and traffic systems I don’t see any other changes, but I would be grateful if you pointed them out.
    The driving system in Lakewood is about using good judgment. There is is no systematic traffic system here. Most people are not good at making good judgment calls, leading to more accidents. Things need to change, today!

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