As you know, traffic on Route 1 during peak travel times can be horrendous.
Thousands of cars jamming the highway. Commuters vying with long distance
truckers, and local shoppers for lane space. People changing lanes to get
on or get off the highway. Accidents, and repair crews tying up traffic.
New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) is planning to begin a
project in 2002 to widen Route 1 with one additional lane in each direction between
Green St. in Woodbridge south to Rt. 287. This is known as the
Route 1 7L Project.
Bicycle/Pedestrian Opportunities in the Route 1 Corridor
There is a great potential for increasing
along the Route 1 corridor in the 7L project area.
The “Power Trail”
This multi-use trail would follow the utility corridor on the east side of
Route 1 (northbound) from the Middlesex Greenway to Woodbridge Center.
This trail would connect shopping areas, neighborhoods, and parks, giving
residents a safe place to walk, jog, or bike along the Route 1.
West Side Improvements
Currently on the west side of Route 1 (southbound) in the Menlo Park
Terrace neighborhood, there are no safe ways to bike or walk to Roosevelt
Park, or to the Menlo Park Mall. Sidewalks are incomplete; road shoulders
are not striped for bike lanes. Many things can be done to encourage
bicycle/pedestrian improvements here.
Crossing Route 1
There is a need for safe crosswalks, and overpasses so that residents
can get across the widened Route 1 to local stores, parks, and schools.
Many schools, businesses & parks don’t have bike racks for people
to lock their bikes. A program to acquire, and install bike racks
can be started. This would encourage people to use their bikes.
By providing safe bicycle and pedestrian facilities in the Route 1
corridor we can create a more livable attractive community.
There are examples of bicycle pedestrian facilities in the area.
The Roosevelt Park Bike Path connects various facilities
in the park, separate from car traffic.
Metuchen has created a series of hiking trails in Centennial Park on Grove Ave.
In Monmouth County there is a 9 mile long bike path called the Henry Hudson Trail,
it follows Rt. 36 from Aberdeen to Leonardo.
The Middlesex Greenway is a 3.5 mile long rail-to-trail project that would connect Crows
Mill Road in Fords, to Middlesex Ave. In Metuchen.