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These articles were prepared for the October 4, 2000 edition of

U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.

Between the Lines

Hats off to the state Department of Transportation.

Last week, in U.S. 1’s annual traffic survey issue, we reported that

commuting times in the highway had gotten slightly better, compared

to the year before, but that the morning northbound rush had gotten

worse — taking more than four minutes longer than in 1999.

But as those numbers were being reported, the DOT was planning changes

— extending the amount of time that Route 1 lights would remain

green in the morning rush period. We predicted that the change would

improve flow on Route 1, but clog traffic trying to get across the

highway.

This week we sent several drivers back to Route 1 and determined that

the northbound morning traffic has dramatically improved. The commutes

that averaged nearly 23 minutes two weeks ago now took an average

of just under 15 minutes — even better than the best time ever

posted in our survey — 17 minutes in 1990. As for the cross

streets,

we heard some complaining and saw some delays. But on this Tuesday

morning, we detected no difference on the eastbound Washington Road

commute.

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THE MILLSTONE bypass, the Hightstown bypass and Route 92 are meager

attempts to channel the existing traffic either away from the business

centers or through to other major arteries. And they do not solve

the Princeton area’s problems.

Princeton’s problems may be traced back to the concerted and

successful

effort to thwart the continuation of Interstate 95 from just past

the Route 31 interchange to the NJ Turnpike at New Brunswick. Many

of the problems of Central New Jersey would not have developed had

this thoroughfare been constructed as originally planned. There would

be far fewer trucks on Route 31. The traffic on Route 1 would be

considerably

less. And the need for an East-West connector would be divided between

Interstate 195 and this original route for Interstate 95.

At this point, it probably is impossible to resurrect the original

Interstate 95 route. What I propose however remains possible. And

given the traffic concerns of Princeton, Hopewell, and Pennington

as well as those of other municipalities in the region, it has become

increasingly clear to me that more than another piecemeal effort will

be necessary to resolve the problem.

What is required is some way to divert and route traffic around

Princeton,

i.e. a Princeton Bypass. If a limited access highway (with privacy

and sound barriers) were to be constructed that would connect either

the Millstone Bypass or Route 92 with Interstate 95 between Route

31 and Federal City Road, provided there were several interchanges

for Route 1, 518, and 31, and one or two other roads, a significant

amount of traffic, currently passing through local roads, would be

diverted off the two-lane roads of the region.

I can imagine hundreds of voices crying out in defiance of this idea.

The cost for real estate and construction of such a highway would

be considerable. The disruption during its construction would be a

Herculean burden. The resistance of property owners along its route

(NIMBY) would be vociferous. However, the benefit to all of the

residents,

workers, and institutions in the region would be enormous.

Larry Cohen

233 Fisher Place, Princeton

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Tuning the Acronym

One correction to a fine piece on my Business

Law presentation at Trenton’s Small Business Week symposium (U.S.

1, September 27). The proper terminology for an LLC is a "Limited

Liability Company."

Robert Kenny, Esq., CPA

212 Carnegie Center

taxdefender@attymail.com


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