The proposal includes:
-Widening Route 1 to four lanes in each direction
– Eliminating the jughandles at Washington Road and Harrison Street again
– Adding a traffic light and two jughandles for u-turns about half way between Washington Road and Harrison Street
– Adding a new circle-shaped jughandle at Washington Road on the site of the former Exxon Station that is now vacant, so that drivers traveling south on Route 1 can cut across the highway and get on to 571.
– Eliminating the jughandle and light at Fisher Place
Drivers heading northbound on Route 1 who want to go in to downtown Princeton would take the new jughandle, go south on Route 1 briefly, and then make a right on to Washington Road. Officials from Princeton, West Windsor, Plainsboro and Lawrence have been sent the concept drawing. The NJDOT is seeking feedback from officials in the affected communities before moving forward.There is no funding for the project yet. Sources say the project could cost up to $35 million and is meant to be a 20-year solution.
The traffic and transportation committee for the town of Princeton is reviewing the proposal and the Princeton Council is expected to discuss the concept plan at the Feb. 25 public meeting at 7 p.m. in the main meeting room of the municipal complex.
The NJDOT eliminated the Route 1 jughandles at Washington Road and Harrison Street last August, but reopened the jughandles after area residents complained. Many drivers chose to made a right on to 571, and made u-turns along the road and side streets instead of turning off at Alexander Road or driving up to the Scudders Mill Road jughandle to turn around. The problems prompted Penns Neck residents to start a successful petition drive, and residents also held a protest along 571. DOT Commissioner Jim Simpson came out to talk with protesters, announced he was pulling the plug on the plan, and promised to come up with another solution.
Download a full-sized concept image: 8-laneAt-Grade-AERIAL_11x17
Editor’s Note: The NJDOT map is outdated. For example, the Eden Institute has moved. The Eden site is owned by Princeton University. The University also owns the Sarnoff frontage along Route 1.