Traffic light to be installed at Route 206 intersection with East Long Drive

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A traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of Route 206 and East Long Drive and West Long Drive in Lawrence Township, Lawrence Township Municipal Manager Kevin Nerwinski said.

West Long Drive is the entry into the Long Acres development, next to the Lawrence Township Municipal Building. East Long Drive is a new street that marks the entrance into the Venue at Cobblestone Creek age-restricted townhouse development. It is also the entrance to the adjacent Cobblestone Creek Country Club, formerly known as the Greenacres Country Club.

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The New Jersey Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Traffic Engineering will design and install the traffic signal, but it is not known when that will occur. State officials cited limited staffing and resources for the inability to provide a detailed timeline.

The installation of a traffic light at the new East Long Drive entrance into the Venue was raised during the Lawrence Township Planning Board’s public hearings on the townhouse development in 2016.

The driveway entrance into the Cobblestone Creek Country Club was relocated when the Lennar Homes application was approved for the townhouse development. The site plan for the development called for creating a new street – East Long Drive – that lines up opposite West Long Drive.

Making the case for the traffic signal, Lawrence Township officials told the New Jersey Department of Transportation that it was needed for the safety of the residents and the general public, and for improved traffic flow along that section of Route 206.

Lawrence Township hired Arora and Associates to conduct a traffic study and a warrant analysis to determine whether the intersection met the standards for a traffic light. The report was submitted to the New Jersey Department of Transportation, which approved the request.

In approving the request for a traffic signal, the New Jersey Department of Transportation is requiring Lawrence Township to relocate the exit driveway from the Lawrence Township Municipal Complex and to contribute 25% toward the cost of the traffic signal.

Lawrence Township has the funds from Lennar Homes’ Cobblestone Creek development and money in the township’s 2021 capital budget for its contribution and the driveway construction.

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