TRAFFIC IMPACT ALERT. JULY 10 MEETING. Know what our Township is Approving! Disapprove, ask questions, attend. web view
WAKE UP MIDDLETOWN
THE TRAFFIC APOCALYPSE IS COMING!
It will take an entire community to come out and make sure the Township and the developers make the right deal for Middletown.
HOLD THE TOWN ACCOUNTABLE.
Keep traffic on Route 35, and out of our neighborhoods and off of our side streets.
Planning Board Meeting
Wednesday, July 10th
6:30 pm, at Town Hall.
THIS COULD BE THE LAST TRAFFIC MEETING.
ASK QUESTIONS NOW.
The Township hired a traffic engineering firm, Stantec, which did an independent study and will present a plan on Wednesday night. The following are their likely recommendations:
TINDALL ROAD. The plan looks to connect Kings Highway directly to Tindall Road. This is not an existing condition; currently you cannot drive across Route 35 in an eastbound direction to get to Tindall Road.
There are also plans to lengthen and widen the Tindall Road jughandle to start further down on Tindall Road and to add two left turn lanes at the Tindall Road and Route 35 intersection to hold more cars. This is a plan the Township is trying to get the developers to pay for.
ROUTE 35. At the last meeting, the developer’s engineer Mr. Pehnke stated that NJDOT had approved all the road reconfigurations for Route 35 for the mall. In reality, these approved road reconfigurations are only for the ingress and egress for the mall, nothing else that would help alleviate all the traffic and congestion on local roads and other intersections on Route 35. That is why when we requested a second traffic study, the Township agreed to it.
TWIN BROOKS AVENUE. Ridiculously, there is only one way into the mall from southbound 35, and that is to take the Twin Brooks Avenue jughandle. This jughandle is being designed by the developers to align with Kings Highway East as a direct connection to the other side of Route 35. The Town’s plan is to eliminate some of the traffic in this jughandle (which will increase from 321 cars to 621 cars at PM peak hour, 219 cars to 614 cars on SAT !!) by proposing a direct link from Kings Highway West (Town Hall) to Tindall Road.
And finally...KINGS HIGHWAY. By proposing this connection, they are inviting traffic to leave Route 35 (at the current Sears location) and to access Kings Highway in order to make the direct connection to Tindall Road. One way to minimize this condition is to create another jughandle on the southbound side of Route 35 near Town Hall to hold all this traffic.
So far, there is no proposal for such a jughandle. If this jughandle is not proposed, traffic will considerably worsen on Kings Highway. With the new Church Street traffic light, double the traffic volumes anticipated coming from the Parkway via Red Hill Road, and this new proposed connection to Tindall Road, Kings Highway will become a parking lot.
Last time we looked, Kings Highway was a designated Historic District. The anticipated double to triple the traffic volume associated with the coming mall plus the additional traffic generated by the expanded Town Hall (complete with 2 pad sites) will seriously impact the character of this protected community.
WHAT ABOUT THE REST?
This independent traffic study focused ONLY ON THE TINDALL RD/ KINGS HIGHWAY INTERSECTION. There is no mitigation planned for other impacted roads. Why do our Township Representatives find this acceptable for our community? Residents, we need to hold their feet to the fire, this is NOT ACCEPTABLE.
The VILLAGE 35 TRAFFIC COUNTS, below, are an estimate of how much traffic will increase along Route 35 and in OUR NEIGHBORHOODS.
The numbers, taken from 4 traffic studies, do not specifically include the Wegmans, a destination store.
Please read the gray box in the visual.
It contains the key to explain the difference in the number of estimated trips before and after the mall is built.
These traffic numbers do NOT account for the other new developments in Middletown:
NORTH BOUND – Visting Nurses Association (VNA), 29K sq ft residential,189 units, 9K retail/food; Children’s Health (old Pizza Hut) 2.9 K sf; Livotis 14K sf; Wahoo 2.4K sf; TJ Maxx 23K sf; ShopRite moves to the Sears location, ShopRite current location, 77K sf; Day Care 10K sf; Auto, Mavis 6K sf; Dunkin’ 1.8K sf; Moes 2.6K sf; Tractor Supply, 29.2K sf.
SOUTH BOUND – Taylor Lane, 176 residential units; CVS 13K sf; Chase 3.6K sf; Town Hall, Town Hall pad sites (2) 4.5K & 4.5 K sf; Garden Center Island, 2 stores 5K sf; Brennan’s Deli 1.2K sf.
HERE IS HOW YOU CAN HELP.
People, we all need to show up on Wednesday, July 10, to fight for our community and ask questions about accountability and mitigation.
Our Township Committee made a deal with the developers on August 20th, 2018 by giving away a 45,000 sq ft store size stipulation for a 130,000 sq ft Wegmans.
Who will held accountable when we cannot get out of our neighborhoods or drive on local roads? Ask questions now or forever hold your peace with the future mess that's planned for Middletown.
See you at the meeting. This is a big one. Thanks,
Our Goals for the Village 35 Redevelopment Plan are:
Create more open passive and recreational space, be mindful of the rights of surrounding residents, reduce additional traffic congestion, public involvement for the design and a plan that is appropriate for the area and protects our quality of life.