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Broadway Improvements May Wait Until 2013

Westwood officials are planning to change traffic lights to allow drivers to move on Broadway while trains block intersections.

A plan to improve the traffic signals along Broadway in Westwood may have to wait until next year, according to borough engineer Stephen Boswell.

Borough officials are planning a change to intersections along Broadway that will allow traffic to flow while trains pass by. Currently, traffic stops in all directions on Broadway and intersection streets along the train tracks when a train comes through.

The plan will change the intersections of Broadway with Irvington Street, Washington Avenue and Westwood Avenue and First Avenue and Jefferson Avenue.

NJ Transit has requested several minor changes to the signal timing for the project, but the review process has delayed the project several months since local officials approved funding for the plan.

Boswell estimated the project could go out to bid within a month now that the final changes have been made. Once a contract is awarded, some of the work could be done during the winter, he said.

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Barry Black September 05, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Hillsdale has used this traffic pattern for a couple of years now-----what's the holdup?
S. Morgan September 05, 2012 at 06:47 PM
I always thought that the lights were all red for safety of passengers running for the train...was that incorrect? And what would necessitate such a long wait? It sounds like programming not physical work unless the signals are all outdated...
William Lang September 05, 2012 at 08:00 PM
too many cooks....
Ouija September 05, 2012 at 11:43 PM
It took the "local officials" a year to decide on whether Sugarflake Bakery can have window paintings so I'm not expecting a decision anytime soon. Plus this one involves numbers and stuff...much harder.
Betty Boop September 06, 2012 at 01:05 AM
How much longer are we going to discuss this issue-it is 2 years and nothing has changed!!

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