Hekemian Traffic Study Calls for Peak Hour Delayed Green on River Road

Hekemian's revised traffic impact study calls for a delayed green light on River Road and Madison during the 3pm-4pm peak hour.

In reviewing the revised traffic impact study she prepared, Elizabeth "Betsy" Dolan, a traffic engineer hired by Hekemian to analyze the traffic impact and trip generation of the proposed development of the United Water property, said that the light on River Road and Madison Avenue would have a delayed green to accommodate the increased traffic generated on Madison Avenue by the new development.

Dolan said that the delay would be during the peak hour of 3 pm to 4 pm, an hour, some argued, when River Road is congested with cars picking up students at the High School.

Berge Tombalakian, of Boswell Engineering--the town's engineer--asked if this delay might not cause cars on River Road to seek another route and look for alternative cut through side streets.

"This needs to be studied in depth to see what the real impact will be," Tombalakian said, and requested that Dolan complete a more detailed study.

Questions were also raised regarding the trip generation numbers Dolan projected on the new Shop Rite by using trip generation numbers from the current Shop Rite.

One resident argued that many people have stopped going to the existing Shop Rite because of its poor conditions. However, once a new Shop Rite is built people will come from Oradell and surrounding towns, increasing the number of cars on the road.

The hearing will continue on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7:30pm in the Council Chambers at Borough Hall.


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Darlene February 15, 2013 at 03:54 PM
I already use "cut through" side streets at all times of the day to avoid River, Boulevard and Madison as much as possible. The amount of traffic in this town has definitely increased since I moved here 17 years ago.
Lori Barton February 15, 2013 at 06:57 PM
Leave it to the "expert" to provide such a great solution. Let's see, the traffic going west on Madison is going to be too much so the answer is to let that light stay green longer and let the north-south traffic on River Rd sit thru longer red lights. Right at the time that the high school lets out. Right. That's going to work just fine...if you like sitting in traffic on River Rd. Oh, and by the way, it wasn't necessary to evaluate what will happen to traffic on Demarest Ave since no one will bother to use that as a cut through to the Boulevard. If you believe that, maybe you would also like to purchase this bridge in Brooklyn.....
miriam pickett February 15, 2013 at 10:17 PM
I see it as a triangle of traffic tie ups, unsafe conditions and added noise and pollution to the streets of Northern New Milford. At 3:00 when the MIddle School lets out the traffic down Madison Avenue and then turning in either direction on the Boulevard will be a mess. On Sundays, after the Jewish Center has officially been sold to a Korean church, the traffic down River Road combined with the traffic going to the new Shop Rite will be more than awful. And of course, the high school every weekday at 3:00 as the kids stream out and home. Many being picked up, other's crossing at the interesection of River and Madison at a peak time for traffic. It's not safe now. What will happen then?


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