VIDEO: Lakewood’s Mayor Expresses Outrage at Conrail’s Rail Crossing Repair Schedule on Rt. 9

mayor miller attorney wouters on conrailVIDEO: Upon learning today about Conrail’s decision to shut down part of Route 9 in Lakewood for two days to conduct repairs on their rail crossing, Mayor Miller – with the Township Attorney Jan Wouters at his sideĀ – expressed his absolute outrage.

conrail rt 9 lakewood tlsThe Mayor, and Attorney, are working to try and figure out an alternative schedule for the project to ensure the already-heavily congested road is not bottlenecked further.

Watch the video below for their statements.


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  1. @ mommaduke
    Yes, given the nature of this town the roads are significantly less crowded Fri and Sat. Rescheduling the work for weekends will benefit the ENTIRE town.

  2. Mammaduke
    Yes Saturday is good for (rather better) for EVERYONE. Its a day when there is no Jewish traffic and therefore much much less conjestion and less disruption and therfore less dangerous

  3. Hatzola can take the detour..just like they would do when any other road is closed for repairs. The repairs need to be done so let’s just get it done. #2 thoughts exactly.

  4. Didn’t all askumim call for a traffic jam during the bussing crisis and it seemed like everybody was excited about it now all of a sudden we are all against a traffic jam?

  5. To mommaduke: it’s unarguably true that traffic levels on Friday evening through Saturday is 80% lower than the rest of the week. Any detour would create far less bottleneck and difficulties. It’s not about one group better than another, much as you seem to want to make it be.

  6. Before fixing the rail Rt. 9 must be “fixed” once & for all.
    1] It must be widened. 2] Should have a shuttle bus to alieviate traffic. 3] An alternate route should be built thru the former tent city. 4] A moveable center devider would utilize which side needs more room. 5] Most important ambulances must be able to get to the hospital asap. 6] As for the rail ican be be done half by half, & area widened to provide Emergency, Local, or alternating traffic with minimal disturbance.

  7. It should be done over a weekend when the schools systems are shut down and traffic levels are significantly lower. In fact this is the standard practice across the nation whenever disrupting roadwork takes place on a major highway. It is appalling that Conrail refused to consult with the local government to arrange a proper scheduling in advance of this work. What were they even thinking??

  8. I’m happy to see that this is being taken seriously because closing Rt. 9 during the week would be a disaster. The fact that this is even being considered would be laughable if it weren’t so horrible!

  9. They should make two lanes from james st to the lake and two lanes from james st to the light on prospect so they don’t have to pave any more road and traffic can move a little bit faster.

  10. mamaduke, your comment was an eye opener. It’s always interesting to see an anti Semitic snake squeeze into a space you’d never would have thought it could fit into.

  11. The best part about this great plan is the detour plan. For those going south; Take Central till Cross & Cross to Rt 9!? Why not take Central till Whitesville Rd. and then take Rt 70? And for those traveling north, they say take Pine St. till New Hampshire?! How much more congestion can Pine St. handle?

  12. develpments cause a lot of traffic on rt 9. There ought to be some rules and regs about who can build large deveolpmnets that impact the two lane s they pour in to. I would say that if you want to construct you need to pay for the extent that you impact the road. It makes the most sense. I do not know why people dont agree

  13. would love to hear where the permits to build so many (rateable) houses came from without the proper roads to handle the extra traffic flow. as s/o who is lakewood born, as nice as it is to see the community growth explosion, its quite distressing to see it happening at so many peoples expense of time and quality of life. sure hope that all those that benefit from this lack of foresight are laughing all the way to bank….

  14. This os what i said…..So we shut the roads down Friday and sat that effects other residents of lakewood…really shut it down deal with and call it a day. This is ridiculous we are always bending out back for the majority resident with out thinking of others so what take another route for two days. It’s not going to kill you getting around taking another way to and from yes buses, school, work etc, just find another route. You would be upset it it caved in and someone’s car was damages or someone got hurt.

  15. Oh really …. but we need more and more homes in Lakewood more development more houses, route nine is congested and traffic in Lakewood is horrible

  16. why is the twop committee surprised ? The firs commissioners knew about this project months ago. I say in a meeting Where Larry Loigman said he was personally working with Conrail to reduce the amount of time rt 9 was going to be closed so fire trucks could get through! I guess Larry Loigman has a better understanding of whats going on in Lakewood than the committee !!! He said he personally helped with arranging the schedule. Maybe I was to hard on Larry . I will be the first to say he was in the know from the beginning Good job larry you will have my vote in FEB

  17. The misguided unlimited development building on Route 9 is one of the horrible things going on in our town that we have to think about when we go to vote today. The builders and developers have taken over and the rest of us are chopped liver. We’ve got to change this!

  18. Can anybody remember how nice Manhattan used to be? How nice Brooklyn used to be how nice the United States used to be before Christopher Columbus discovered it?

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