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For those who may have missed my recent video on the need for a comprehensive traffic study in Robbinsville, the following entry should sum up what we would like to do with the various projects under consideration in key traffic areas throughout the town.
The good news is that we have had a lot of success stabilizing municipal tax rates while keeping property values high and making Robbinsville a very business friendly environment. Consequently, when things are going well, more and more people are interested in doing business with you.
Normally, that is a very good problem to have.
Although the township is almost entirely built-out, there still is no shortage of interest in projects along Route 33 and Route 130. The challenge is each of these proposed projects has been conducting its own independent traffic studies. While none of these proposals, by themselves, should create a significant amount of disruption if approved, when you put them all together it could create some serious challenges for us. Traffic volume and flow in certain areas already prone to backups and delays could be significantly impacted.
With development or redevelopment projects either in progress, in the planning stages or being considered by our planning and zoning boards, we have decided to take a comprehensive approach by looking at all of our current and future infrastructure needs. In that regard, the township is working with the owners of the Delta gas station in the hopes of creating a dedicated right-hand turn lane at the junction of Route 33 east and 130. One of our recent traffic studies indicated that 80 percent of the vehicles traveling east on Main Street are turning south on Route 130. With a right hand turn lane, they can do so with greater ease.
To assist us in that endeavor, the township has asked Maser Engineering to undertake a study of the current and future conditions of Route 33 from the Robbinsville/Hamilton border at Foxmoor Shopping Center to Route 130, and then from 130 at Sharon Road to the Robbinsville/Hamilton border near South Gold.
It is important that we determine how the main arteries in Robbinsville are working and to see what—if any—improvements are needed now or in the future. We are also looking into the feasibility of creating a Transportation Improvement District that would allow the township to transfer costs of needed improvements to future developments—and not the taxpayers of Robbinsville.
Additionally, we are in the process of updating our Master Plan, which serves as the blueprint for the development of our town, to incorporate needed infrastructure or transportation related improvements.
Robbinsville Township takes all concerns of its constituents seriously—and we have determined the inevitable influx of traffic in our current and projected growth areas warrant a more comprehensive look.
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Please don’t forget to come out in support our amazing police and first responders at National Night Out at 6 p.m. on Aug. 1 at the Municipal Complex at 1117 Route 130 North. This has been another very difficult year for law enforcement, and they could all really use the support again this year.
Dave Fried is the mayor of Robbinsville.