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A Different Direction for Downtown Woodbury's Traffic Issues

The state Department of Transportation is holding an information session about plans to restructure the portion of Route 45 that runs through the city's downtown.

After years of planning, a major change to the traffic flow in Woodbury's downtown is on its way. 

The project on Route 45 (Broad Street), between Carpenter Street and Red Bank Avenue, will begin May 22 and continue until roughly November, according to the state Department of Transportation. 

The agency will hold a public-information session about the project on Thursday, May 17 from 4 to 7 p.m. in council chambers at Woodbury City Hall, 33 Delaware St. The public can review copies of the plans and speak with a Department of Transportation representative. 

The project will improve pedestrian safety and reduce traffic congestion, Department of Transportation officials said. 

The existing four-lane roadway will be reduced to three lane–one lane north and one south, with a continuous left-turn lane in the center. Traffic "chokers" will be constructed at several intersections. The project will also include Ramps for the disabled, upgraded traffic signals and high-visibility crosswalks at designated intersections, as well as head-to-head left turns with synchronized signals. 

The stretch of Route 45 from Carpenter Street to Red Bank Avenue will also be milled, resurfaced and restriped. 

Doesitmatter May 17, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Why don't they just add a left arrow to BOTH sides North and south of the street turning onto Cooper/Delaware, and what ever the other one is Barber. Who thought putting a left arrow on one side of the road would work? Or even make any sense. You are making a 4 lane road into a two lane road with one turning lane? What about when people try and parallel park? Now that one lane will be stopped waiting for them? Makes no sense. Those two intersections are the biggest problems that I have come across.

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