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Dear Sir / Madam:
I am writing to ask for your help in resolving a very serious traffic safety problem and a hardship being caused by the “no right hand turn restriction” at the Garden State Parkway Exit 171.
As a result of this restriction, commuters saturate Parkway Exit 168 in order to proceed to several neighboring towns such as Hillsdale, Woodcliff Lake, Park Ridge, Saddle River, and Upper Saddle River. There was so much queuing of cars causing a dangerous condition at the exit and on the Parkway itself, that the Highway Authority spent over a million dollars renovating the exit to provide two lanes to relieve this situation. There is still unsafe queuing at the exit! This situation does not even take into account the commuters making a left hand turn at GSP 168. In addition, once the commuters leave Exit 168, they must travel east for about a mile-and-a half to the traffic light at the intersection of Pascack Road and Washington Avenue, make a left hand turn, and then proceed north to their destination. This also delays commuters going east to Westwood, River Vale, Harrington Park, and other communities.
The agreement in place for the “no right hand turn restriction” with Woodcliff Lake, Saddle River, Bergen County, and the Highway Authority needs to be voided to better accommodate current levels of traffic and lift the unfair hardship and burden on the Township of Washington and the surrounding communities. The unfair burden experienced every day includes additional cost of police services, additional ambulance and fire calls, noise, wear and tear on local roads accessed during accidents and as “cut throughs” to the traffic, and the general welfare of the citizens in our residential community that is not a home to the large corporate entities. Removing the “no right hand turn restriction” is the answer!
Thank you for your time and consideration. You will be helping the northern area of Bergen County to provide a safer and more efficient way of travel for the commuters and to rectify this inequitable situation. We are counting on you!