The state Department of Transportation will hold two public information sessions next week regarding the agency’s plan to block off the jughandles at Washington Road and Harrison Street.
The DOT is expected to begin the Route 1 pilot project trial in March, and the trial will last about eight weeks.
Under the DOT plan, drivers heading north on Route 1 would no longer be able to use the jughandles at Washington Road and Harrison Street to cut across Route 1 in to Princeton, or to make u-turns. Drivers going north on Route 1 who want to go to Princeton would either have to turn off at Alexander Road or drive up to Scudders Mill Road and double back.
Information sessions about the project will be held Tuesday, Jan. 24 from 5-8 p.m. at the West Windsor Municipal Building and Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 5-8 p.m. at the Princeton Borough Municipal Building.
The sessions will include a presentation, and the public will have an opportunity to review exhibits of the proposed project. Representatives from the DOT and the agency’s consulting firm will be available to answer questions and discuss any concerns.
According to the DOT, a previous study along Route 1 indicated that the two jughandles were inadequate to handle traffic, resulting in traffic backing up on Route 1 and negatively affecting the flow of traffic along Route 1.
Princeton officials and representatives from Princeton University previously expressed their opposition to the plan to block off the jughandles, saying it would add too much traffic to the already congested Alexander and Faculty roads. Commuters who use Scudders Mill road also say that road already backs up too much during rush hour.
For more information about the project or the two forums, contact Kimberly Nance, Office of Community Relations, New Jersey Department of Transportation, PO Box 600, 1035 Parkway Avenue, Trenton, NJ 08625-0600, tel. (609) 530-2110, e-mail Kimberly.Nance@dot.state.nj.us.
A previous version of this story said the Princeton meeting would be held at the Princeton Township Municipal Building. The DOT then corrected the notice to say it woudl be held at Borough Hall.