Route 206 Trucks

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Route 206 Trucks

The following is a letter to Governor McGreevey:

I AM A NEIGHBOR of yours, with a house directly on Route 206

just like Drumthwacket. You may have noticed that on the road, a large

distance from your house but unfortunately very close to mine, there

is quite a bit of big 18-wheeler tractor-trailer truck traffic that

intensifies between 3 and 6 a.m. or between 7 and 10 p.m.. It is

particularly

intense on Friday nights between 8 and 10 p.m. and again on Sundays

between 6 and 9 p.m. Licenses are from states other than New Jersey,

sometimes from Canada, Minnesota, Iowa, etc.

On one occasion I followed a truck carrying a pair of 30-foot

motorboats

obviously not destined for Lake Carnegie. I followed this truck, which

carried Washington State plates, through Princeton, Hillsborough,

and Somerset all the way to Interstate 287.

Thus, I conclude that these trucks use Route 206 as a shortcut from

I-195 to I-287, avoiding a big stretch of the New Jersey Turnpike,

cutting their tolls and driving distance at our expense. I would like

to propose some specific measures that may solve this:

1. Restrict truck traffic to weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7

p.m. and Saturdays 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Allow trucks at all times only

for local delivery.

2. Enforce more stringent control by State Police of the

not-local traffic restriction at the two ends of Route 206

(Lawrenceville

and Somerville) especially at night and on Sundays. Traffic on Route

206 should serve the community living between I-95 and I-287. It

should

not be a traffic shortcut to avoid turnpike tolls.

3. Have more State Police patrolling trucks on Route 206.

The New Jersey Turnpike toll booths will show the difference.

4. Allow local police departments to help enforce these

rules if State Police are over-committed.

The quality of life for all of us who live close or on Route

206 will be greatly improved.

Roberto Weinmann

98 Bayard Lane

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