To the Mayor:
As a resident of Harrison Street and knowing or the traffic problems on our street for 50-plus years, I was heartened to see another citizen of Princeton express concerns about the upcoming problems with the closure of Alexander Road.
Unfortunately, Mr. Medvin’s letter [Letter to Mayor Lempert on Route 1 Traffic Issue, Mailbox, March 13] addressed only part of the problem — exiting Princeton. Not addressed were:
1. The problems on Route 1 of northbound traffic trying to make left turns into Princeton and the inadequate traffic jug-handles at Washington and Harrison. Presently, at rush hours, both of these exits back up onto Route 1, reducing that roadway to two lanes (or less).
2. Left turns on Harrison Street, both inbound and outbound. Again, presently at rush hours these turns cause backups of two blocks or more.
3. The already heavy traffic problems during rush hours, both in and outbound on Routes 206 and Princeton Pike.
I do hope that your “discussions” with NJDOT go far beyond tinkering with the timing of traffic signals on Route 1, or there will be very serious impacts on Princeton residents, Princeton merchants, and those who commute to work in the community.
Charles W. Bushnell
South Harrison Street