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The area around Exit 8A has become a hub for warehouses and distribution centers. How are the local transportation networks coping with the influx of tractor trailers? And what should be done in the future?

On Wednesday, January 30, the Monmouth County Division of Planning will hold its second public meeting for Moving Mindfully: Monmouth/Mercer, A Comprehensive Freight Related Transportation Study for Western Monmouth and Southern Mercer Counties.

The meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. (with a presentation at 7:30 p.m.) at Newell Elementary School, 27 High Street in Allentown.

This study, funded by the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, will identify short and long-term strategies in Allentown, Robbinsville, and Upper Freehold intended to manage freight-related travel issues and avoid conflicts based on travel patterns, existing and projected conditions, and planned developments.

At the meeting the project team will present findings of the data collection and analysis including crash hot-spots, traffic volume, and an inventory of existing infrastructure. Attendees will have opportunities to ask questions and provide input. One additional public meeting is planned for April.

The final report will provide recommendations that are intended to ease congestion and promote a safe traveling environment for all road users.

For more information contact the study team at transportation@co.monmouth.nj.us using the subject line “Freight Study.” A comment form and interactive mapping survey is also available on the study website, www.movingmindfully.net.

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