Alexander Road at the border of Princeton and West Windsor was closed for the first full day on Tuesday as workers began to make emergency repairs to the bridge over the Stony Brook. Commuters in the Princeton area experienced significant delays during both the morning and evening commutes.
Many commuters worry that they will experience the same delays on a regular basis once the longer-term project to replace two bridges and a culvert on Alexander Road begins in the fall. The project is expected to be completed by the spring of 2020.
Commuters reported delays of 20 to 40 minutes getting in and out of the Princeton area on Tuesday. Drivers who used Harrison Street and Washington Road faced significant delays. Several readers also reported that there was heavy traffic other area roads like Quaker Road and Rosedale Road because of the Alexander Road closure. Traffic was sometimes at a standstill on those roads and other area roads, readers said.
“This is a preview of what will come this summer when it closes down for a year,” one Planet Princeton reader said. “What a nightmare.”
Dinky train riders have had to take shuttle buses to the Princeton Junction station since October because NJ Transit is short of workers and has been using the Dinky staff and equipment on other lines. Dinky service will not be restored until late May. The closure of Alexander Road is another setback for those commuters, who must now spend a much longer time riding the bus to and from Princeton Junction because of the Alexander Road detour. The revised bus schedule can be found online here. Some train commuters are calling on NJ Transit to restore the Dinky earlier because of the Alexander Road closure.