Monday, July 30, 2012

Route 1 Traffic Test Set to Begin

The New Jersey Department of Transportation will soon begin its controversial traffic analysis project on Route 1. The project will affect all of the intersections south of Princeton Landing from Scudders Mill Road to Alexander Road.

Starting Saturday, August 4, and continuing for twelve weeks, drivers heading north on Route 1 will not be permitted to make left turns or U-turns at Washington Road and Harrison Street. Turns will also be restricted at Varsity Avenue and Fisher Place in Penn's Neck. Traffic lights at Washington Road and at Harrison Street will be adjusted to favor through traffic on Route 1's main north-south roadway. Northbound drivers heading into Princeton from Route 1 will have to exit at Alexander Road or continue north to Scudders Mill Road and use the U-turn ramp to reverse direction, making a right turn at Harrison Street. If the DOT concludes that the turn restrictions and traffic light adjustments improve traffic flow on Route 1, the changes will be made permanent. The DOT website provides more information, including detailed diagrams of the turn restrictions and recommended alternate routes.

For better or worse, Princeton Landing residents will be affected by these changes. Please let local and state officials know how the Route 1 project impacts your daily routine. The Plainsboro Township website lists phone numbers for the Mayor and other township officials. If you prefer to contact DOT, phone numbers for the DOT Commissioner and other senior DOT officials can be found here, along with a mailing address for DOT headquarters. DOT can also be contacted by completing an online contact form on the department's website.