#b#Transit Village Plans Back On Again#/b#
The on-again/off-again relationship between West Windsor Township and InterCap Holdings over plans to develop a transit village near Princeton Junction is on again.
In the wake of a contentious battle that has been heard in state Superior Court, the Township Council has introduced two ordinances that will, if adopted, reinstate the terms of a settlement reached in July.
On July 11 the council narrowly approved a settlement with InterCap, which has plans to build 800 housing units and 100,000 square feet of retail space in the tract now occupied by office space at 14 Washington Road. But just four days later InterCap CEO Steve Goldin, citing political posturing, balked when he learned that ordinances allowing the development would not be introduced at the July 18 council meeting, as mandated by Superior Court Judge Linda Feinberg.
What followed was a campaign by Goldin that involved township-wide mailings to residents, and telephone surveys asking residents about their feelings about on individual council members have handled the process.
The campaign soured feelings heading into the August 1 meeting, during which the council introduced the ordinances.
Had the council voted against introducing the ordinances on August 1, it could have put itself in line for a long and costly court battle with InterCap, which became adamant that it would not re-enter negotiations with West Windsor otherwise.
#b#Rt. 1 Jughandle Trial Set Back to 2012#/b#
A pilot plan to gauge the efficacy of eliminating left turns from Route 1 northbound onto Washington and Harrison streets has been scheduled for 2012, according to the state Department of Transportation.
The plan is to close off jughandle turns to northbound traffic at the Washington Road and Harrison Street intersections, where thick congestion and “potentially dangerous queuing” occurs during peak drive times, according to the DOT.
Instead of using the jughandles, motorists heading into Princeton would exit either at Alexander Road or at Scudderrs Mill Road, where they would loop around, come south, and make a right onto Harrison Street or Washington Road.
Only jughandle access for northbound drivers would be closed. “Eliminating left-turns and U-turns for Route 1 northbound traffic at the two jughandles has the potential to provide low-cost congestion relief, especially during peak periods,” the DOT stated in a press release.
The change is intended to minimize inconvenience to drivers and to better accommodate emergency vehicles that will be using this stretch of Route 1 to access the new University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, which is scheduled to open in mid-2012.
#b#More S-Curve Work#/b#
Final paving on the Alexander Road S-curve between Canal Pointe Boulevard and Canal Road is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, August 24, and work will only be preformed between 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.
The road will be closed in both directions during work times and will reopen in time for rush hour commutes.
Lucas Construction, the contractor on the project, will address a few minor punchlist items. Some daytime lane closures and alternating traffic patterns will be necessary in late August but no specific outlines have been stated.