Madison Mayor Addresses Congestion Concerns at Council Meeting

Municipal Clerk's Week was recognized this week, May 7-13, by the mayor at Monday's meeting. Credits: Lindsay Ireland
Mayor Conley proclaimed National Police Week next week, May 14-20, in lieu of National Peace Officer Day on May 15. Credits: Lindsay Ireland
The Madison Mayor and Council at Monday's meeting. Credits: Lindsay Ireland

MADISON, NJ—A new Route 24 connector may be in the future for Madison commuters, Mayor Conley said Monday at the Mayor and Council meeting.

The only access points to Route 24 from Madison are located outside of town, and daytime congestion, especially at the intersection of Park Avenue and Columbia Turnpike in Florham Park, has become a regular occurrence.

This has a trickle-down effect on Park Avenue and even the downtown area, according to former Councilman Sam Cerciello of Park Avenue, who voiced his concerns at Monday’s meeting.

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“Sometimes it takes me five minutes to pull out of my driveway,” he said. “We have to do something.”

Mayor Conley addressed Cerciello’s concerns, mentioning a meeting he attended last year with other local mayors, as well as Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen and other elected officials to address the situation.

“They recognize that Columbia Turnpike/Park Avenue is a failed intersection; one of the worst in the county, if not one of the worst in the state,” he said.

The proposed connector would allow drivers to access Park Avenue east, one of Madison’s main roads, directly from Route 24. Conley did not mention any official plans for the project as of yet.

“You’d be able to come off 24 and have a direct connection to Park Avenue east and not have to fly across three lanes of traffic,” he said.

Mayor Conley proclaimed this week, May 7-13, Municipal Clerk’s Week, and recognized Madison’s clerk Liz Osbourne at Monday’s meeting.

National Police Week is up for recognition next week, May 14-20, in lieu of National Peace Officer Day on May 15.

“It is important that all citizens know and understand the problems, duties and responsibilities of our police department, and that members of the Madison Police Department recognize their duty to serve the people by safeguarding their life and property, by protecting them against violence or disorder and by protecting the innocent against deception and the weak against oppression or intimidation,” Conley said in his proclamation.

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