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Broadway Improvements to Alleviate Traffic Congestion

Traffic and train service will be affected once the work starts in downtown Westwood next month.

A long-awaited project to relieve traffic in downtown Westwood is slated to start next month, though some accessory parts of the project have already begun.

Crews will widen three intersections along Broadway — at Irvington Street, Washington Avenue and First Avenue — to add new turning lanes so that drivers will be able to travel along the street parallel to the railroad when trains pass or stop at Westwood Station.

Mayor John Birkner called the project "a modernization plan" and said he expected it would increase safety for pedestians and drivers in the borough, adding it may also benefit the business community by making the downtown area more attractive to customers.

"The benefits will be seen for decades to come," Birkner said. "This has been long overdue."

Work is expected to start about July 12. The Irvington Street intersection will be the first one worked on, and construction is expected to last two weeks there. First Avenue will come next, lasting another two weeks. Washington Avenue will be third, and work will likely last slightly longer there because it's a larger intersection.

During the work, there will be no train service on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Shuttle buses will transport travellers to the Oradell Station. Shuttle buses will also operate on weekends between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. to replace train service. Trains will otherwise operate normally on the Pascack Valley Line.

Madison Avenue through Veterans' Memorial Park will be closed at Third Avenue as part of a related project. Third Avenue, Park Avenue and a remaining portion of Madison in the park will be widened to add more parking spaces in improve the flow of traffic.

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Barry Black June 18, 2013 at 01:53 PM
Hmmm....why transport riders via shuttle bus from Westwood station to Oradell when Hillsdale is closer or even Emerson?
Jim Leggate (Editor) June 18, 2013 at 05:08 PM
Sorry if it wasn't clear- I believe the shuttle bus will be operating at Westwood (or Emerson?) and all stations north. I'll do a full post on how that will work closer to the date.
westwood kid June 18, 2013 at 07:57 PM
i think that while zucarro has the road open and doing the curbs and paving it may make a huge traffic diaster and everyone should plan extra time and be ready to deal with all the nonsense
Local321 June 18, 2013 at 10:42 PM
If you want to see traffic disaster come to Washington Township. At least you are going to get something fixed and the traffic jams will be temporary. We are stuck.
Robert June 18, 2013 at 11:47 PM
Another brilliant plan just to give folks some illusion that they are really getting anywhere. Wider roads = more cars. More cars = more traffic. Just divering to a road that evenutally has outdated traffic lights = more gridlock worse than what happens today when folks simply block the box especially by CVS and at Washinton street. Maybe with all this newly created traffic maybe WW council could start debate on allowing street vendors with curb side service instead of chickens allowed in yards and hey... who knows with all that street vendor income perhaps could lead to lowering our taxes. By the way... What ever happened to the brilliant master plan to fix the 5 corners disaster ? Have any experts proposed improved traffic light synchronzation technology or is that up the the county and then we are really in trouble. Oh well, see ya all in traffic. Drive friendly now ya hear . :))
Ouija June 19, 2013 at 04:09 AM
People complain about the excruciatingly long waits when a train comes through town. So the town and NJ Transit decide to fix the problem...and people complain. What are the alternatives? I'm no fan of NJ Transit and many of the town's decisions are questionable at best, but I'm happy about the update both for drivers and pedestrians in spite of the temporary inconvenience.
risa Kandel November 25, 2013 at 09:45 PM
Really, You can't hold off until at least January? The busiest time of year and you are closing major roads thru WW on the day before Thanksgiving? Thanks for possibly destroying businesses and putting xtra stress and time, added on to everyones days. Hope people still want to come and shop and eat in our town one day, if their are still places to eat and shop!

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