State Assembly Deputy Majority Leader Reed Gusciora is calling for the end of the Route 1 pilot program at Washington Road and Harrison Street in West Windsor Township.
The project that was intended to fix traffic congestion woes has generated even further problems by increasing illegal U-Turns and K-Turns. Businesses along the stretch are also complaining about diminished sales due to the road closures, Gusciora said.
“The Department of Transportation wanted to conduct a 12 week program to address congestion problems with local traffic by closing the jug handles on Route 1 by Washington Road and Harrison Streets in West Windsor. However, the project has resulted in unsafe driving, illegal turns, and headaches for local residents and businesses alike along that stretch of highway,” Gusciora said. “It’s time NJDOT shut down the pilot program as unworkable.”
Gusciora, who has written a letter to the DOT commissioner calling for an end to the trial, cited complaints from area residents about the safety of pedestrians, cyclists, and young children waiting for buses and expressed concerns that the Route 1 project is endangering their safety in exchange for evaluating the volume of traffic.
“I understand DOT’s efforts to improve traffic, but it should not be at the expense of local residents,” Gusciora said. “Moreover, local businesses are suffering in diminished travel options at those intersections. “
The Assemblyman instead recommended an alternative that has been suggested in the past — to construct a tunnel underneath Washington Road that would allow traffic on Route 1 to flow unimpeded by the intersection.
“Since Washington Road is elevated, an underpass would properly alleviate traffic and allow vehicles to proceed below Washington Road from the direction of Harrison”, Gusciora said. “In the long run, it is a plan that will bring jobs and alleviate traffic congestion in the area.”