HAMILTON, NJ -- The Hamilton Township Department of Community and Economic Development will be hosting a public meeting on Tuesday to consider concerns regarding commercial vehicle traffic in the Cornell Heights section of the Township. The hearing will address trucks "cutting through" residential streets such as Rutgers Avenue, Vetterlein Avenue, Leigh Avenue and Sandalwood Avenue between Carlisle Avenue and Sweetbriar Avenue.

It is believed that commercial traffic use these side streets to travel between Route 1, Route 1 Business, and Interstate 295.  

Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin and Assemblyman Dan Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex), who chairs the Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee, are working in tandem to address the issue, officials said. Improving roadway signage to direct traffic to more appropriate roadways to avoid these neighborhoods is among the resolutions under consideration.

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In a letter to Benson, state Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Commission Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti said that "NJDOT's Bureau of Traffic Engineering (BTE) will reinvestigate the request from Hamilton Township using independent traffic data through a traffic consultant qualified to collect traffic data on a typical weekday. BTE will analyze the traffic data to help decide whether a weight restriction is warranted. In addition, staff will perform field visits to determine if vehicles of certain sizes are not suitable for the roads included in the request."

"NJDOT will immediately replace existing 10 tons weight restriction signage on northbound Route 1 Business for Carnegie Road with upgraded signs that reflect this weight restriction. The signs for Carnegie Road on northbound Route 1 Business will also be updated," the commissioner added. 

The meeting had been postponed after indoor meeting limits were restricted several weeks ago in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

It will now be held virtually between 5:00pm and 6:15pm on Tuesday, December 1.  Participants may join by visiting: http://www.zoom.us/join or by phone 1-929-205-6099. The Zoom Meeting ID: 952 2302 2211; Passcode: 829162.  Participants will be muted and may request to speak by opening the “Participants” window and selecting “Raise Hand”. Participants joining by phone may raise their hand by dialing *9.

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