Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Eric Payne praises the New Jersey DOT for tackling the traffic issues, but says the state's concept plan isn't the right solution.
Although the New Jersey Department of Transportation has proposed a concept plan to reduce congestion along Route 1, a Penns Neck resident says it's not the right solution. "This is exactly the (failed) pilot plan, but it's worse because they're adding a light," said Eric Payne. "Anytime you add a stop ,you add delay. Adding lanes is good, but adding a light will nullify it. "Let's bite the bullet and do it right the first time," said Payne, a member of a volunteer group of concerned citizens known as Smart Traffic Solutions. The best idea, he says, is to build an overpass over Route 1. But if that plan isn't economically feasible, he proposes a first- and less expensive- step. His plan includes: Creating a road parallel to Route …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Five new eateries - Charley’s Grilled Subs, Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs, Subway, Sarku Japan and Master Wok - will open this spring at the mall on Route 1 in Lawrence Township.
Wednesday, February 6
Charley’s Grilled Subs, Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs, Subway, Sarku Japan and Master Wok will be first tenants to move into Quaker Bridge Mall’s new eight-unit dining pavilion, the mall’s owner, Indiana-based Simon Property Group, announced yesterday (Tuesday, Feb. 5). The eateries are expected to open this spring in the new dining pavilion, which is located on the upper level in the wing of the mall that is home to the Sears department store. In addition to new restrooms, a family restroom with a nursing lounge and a Kidgits play area, the dining pavilion will feature other amenities that include “soft” seating, skylights, and new ceilings, finishes and lighting. “With the addition of these new dining experiences, shoppers now have a far …
Saturday, December 8, 2012
The company is actively hiring for its Route 1 location
Chipotle Mexican Grill is coming to West Windsor and is actively seeking employees for its new location at the Square at West Windsor on Route 1, at the corner of Meadow Road. It's unclear when the gourmet burrito restaurant will open its doors at 3524 Route 1 but the company is advertising the positions of kitchen manager, service manager and restaurant team members on its website. The company lists the restaurant's status as "opening soon." A Chipotle representative was not immediately available for more specific information the new location. Chipotle prides itself on using fresh ingredients and simple menu to create fast but filling burritos, burrito bowls, tacos and salad. Earlier this year, former West Windsor Business …
Monday, October 15, 2012
DOT Commissioner James Simpson arrived at a Saturday afternoon protest in Penns Neck with welcome news.
DOT Commissioner James Simpson arrived in Penns Neck on Saturday afternoon with welcome news to most area residents; he is calling an immediate end to the 12-week trial closure of the jughandles at the Washington Road and Harrison Street intersections with Route 1. The barrels, barricades and signs will be removed as soon as possible, probably starting in the next couple of days, Simpson told residents. By 10 p.m. on Saturday, nearby residents were already reporting the signs and cones had been removed. Drivers will also be allowed to make right turns from Route 1 north onto Varsity Avenue and Fisher Place, and left from Route 1 south at Fisher Place and Washington Road. The announcement came during a protest by neighbors in the …
Monday, October 1, 2012
A West Windsor resident launched an online petition requesting that state officials abort the project. DOT representatives never specified what would determine the project’s success or failure: many residents see only failure.
In what seems to be a growing movement against the Route 1 jughandle closures, a resident of Penns Neck in West Windsor has launched an online petition asking the New Jersey Department of Transportation to end the 12-week pilot program. The closures- which prohibit drivers from turning left off Route 1 north at Washington Road and Harrison Street- aim to reduce congestion along Route 1 north through Lawrenceville, West Windsor and Plainsboro. If the trial- which began in early August- is a success, the state plans to close jughandles permanently. But what confuses many people is that DOT representatives have never specified what would determine the project’s success or failure. Many residents see only failure. “The NJDOT implemented the …
Monday, September 24, 2012
DOT Spokesman says issues are being addressed, but the problems aren't serious enough to end the pilot program.
Despite Assemblyman Reed Gusciora’s call to end the Route 1 jughandle closure pilot program, a NJ DOT spokesman said there are no plans to do so. In a letter sent to DOT Commissioner James Simpson, Gusciora said the 12-week pilot program to close the jughandles at the intersections of Route 1 and Washington Road, and Route 1 and Harrison Street, has led to more illegal U-Turns and K-Turns in West Windsor’s Penns Neck neighborhood and lower sales at the Getty and Sunoco gas stations. “I understand DOT’s efforts to improve traffic, but it should not be at the expense of local residents,” said Gusciora, who represents West Windsor in District 15. DOT Spokesman Joe Dee said the department appreciates Gusciora’s input, but the jughandle pilot…
Friday, September 21, 2012
Reed Gusciora said the project is causing a rise in illegal U-Turns and K-Turns, loss of business sales and increased safety concerns.
Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D-Mercer/Hunterdon) Wednesday called for the end of the Route 1 pilot program at Washington Road and Harrison Street in West Windsor, saying the project intended to fix traffic congestion woes has generated even further problems by increasing illegal U-Turns and K-Turns in the Penns Neck neighborhood. Both the Getty station at the corner of Washington Road and Route 1 and Sunoco station at the corner of Harrison Street and Route 1 have seen a decline in sales during the pilot program so far, he said. "I certainly appreciate the difficulty of this task in addressing the congestion that has plagued the area for some time," Gusciora wrote in a letter to NJ DOT Commissioner James Simpson. "Notwithstanding, my main …
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Milling and resurfacing project on both sides of Route 1 is expected to be completed in the summer of 2013.
A long-term construction project to improve Route 1 is expected to continue into the summer of 2013. The work by the New Jersey Department of Transportation includes milling and resurfacing Route 1 on both the northbound and southbound sides of the roadway. In addition, the Route 1 and New Road intersection will also receive repairs to the curbing and drainage. The project will also include sections of Plainsboro and North Brunswick. The contractor will be performing the shoulder improvements during the hours of 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The milling and resurfacing work will be done from 9 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Residents are advised to expect delays and plan trips that include traveling on Route 1 accordingly. The project is scheduled to be …
Monday, August 6, 2012
With the Route 1 jughandle closures now in place, how is your commute?
The 12-week pilot project to restrict left turns and U-turns on Route 1 at Washington Road and Harrison Street went into effect on Saturday, Aug. 4. If you travel through the area, we're interested to know what your experience has been with the traffic changes so far. Drivers traveling into Princeton may no longer turn left from Route 1 north onto Harrison or Washington. Instead, drivers may use Alexander Road or continue north to Scudder’s Mill Road and onto Route 1 south. The New Jersey Department of Transportation seeks to reduce congestion at those intersections where the rightmost of three lanes becomes crowded with motorists waiting to make left turns, particularly during peak travel periods.
Friday, August 3, 2012
The driver was taken to the hospital as a precaution, police said.
A car crashed into a metal fence and went airborne over six cars, landing on its roof, at a Mini Cooper dealership on the north side of the Route 1 Friday morning, according to West Windsor police. West Windsor emergency services pulled the woman who was driving out of the car and took her to University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro as a precautionary measure after she complained of pain, said Lt. William Bastedo The car left the highway about 120 to 140 feet before the Princeton Mini dealership around 8:30 a.m., then hit the fence before going airborne, and landing on the seventh and eighth Mini Coopers in the line of cars, Bastedo said. Nine cars in the lot were either hit or damaged from debris. No lanes were closed, but …