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Traffic Light is Possible Solution for ShopRite Crowds

Wyckoff and Greenwood intersection is "a candidate" for a light.

The Wyckoff Planning Board continued to hear testimony Wednesday night on the traffic implications of a plan to build a ShopRite supermarket on the corner of Wyckoff and Greenwood Avenues. 

Traffic expert Jay Troutman updated his about the current traffic at the intersection and projections for how much it will increase if the supermarket is built.

According to Troutman, there would be enough new traffic that Bergen County could consider putting in a light at the corner of Wyckoff and Greenwood Avenues. Wyckoff Avenue is a county road. The projected traffic would not increase enough to make the light a necessity, Troutman said. 

“It can operate acceptably without the traffic signal,” Troutman said.

Troutman said his report analyzed traffic in the intersection and the driveways of the shopping center, the YMCA and St. Elizabeth's.

Troutman and representatives of Inserra Supermarkets, the company that is applying to build the ShopRite, have met with county engineers three times about the project. While the county has not stated an official position yet, Troutman said he believed they would not want to build the light because of concerns that traffic on Wyckoff Avenue would be delayed too much.

If built, the traffic light would have to be synched with the nearby rail road crossing in order to best allow traffic flow through the area when a train is passing.

Objecting attorneys Robert Inglima and Gail Price both cross-examined Troutman on the specifics of how he prepared his reports, which both Wyckoff and the county received. The decision of whether to build the light will be largely based on Troutman’s reports. Troutman said he treated the shopping center on the site and the supermarket as two individual units for traffic purposes in order to most accurately estimate the traffic impact of the ShopRite. 

mike June 30, 2011 at 10:58 AM
A traffic light is already need at this intersection regardless of the proposed Shop-rite project.
Janet Tanis June 30, 2011 at 11:53 AM
I agree, a light would be helpful.
Janet Tanis June 30, 2011 at 11:59 AM
I wonder if Mr.Troutman included the traffic patterns of the YMCA in his study.
James Leggate June 30, 2011 at 12:42 PM
Good question Janet. I've edited the article to include the answer: Troutman said his report analyzed traffic in the intersection and the driveways of the shopping center, the YMCA and St. Elizabeth's.
Chuckles June 30, 2011 at 01:35 PM
How about they dont build it in the 1st place. Wyckoff will have double the supermarket space than before with these two stores. Not needed. Did they also factor in a fully leased Boulder Run including the new residents of Boulder Run who are not there yet. Doubtful. The intersection is already a problem along with the Frankilin and Wyckoff Ave intersection. At that intersection you have to wait for 5 changes in the traffic light to cross Wyckoff ave on a Saturday. Wyckoff, you have been Paramusized. And no one wants to accept responsibility.
Mia DiPrizito June 30, 2011 at 01:37 PM
Trafffice light is already necessary maybe should pay close attention to Y- they should have a right turn only out of the main entrance/exit
Alice Cole June 30, 2011 at 01:52 PM
Absolutely right, Mia. The traffic congestion at certain times could be greatly eased by a right turn only exit from the Y and at certain hours from Spring Meadow Rd. The existing problem (which is serious) is not Shop Rites fault but they are going to be the fall guy. The county and the township should have resolved this long ago.
Susan W Winton June 30, 2011 at 02:57 PM
If there is enough traffic to warrant a traffic light, there is too much traffic for Wyckoff!
Jo Ann Nusspickel July 01, 2011 at 12:04 PM
Welcome to the city! Good bye leafy suburban town. Planning Board? What Planning Board?
Sue B July 11, 2011 at 11:50 PM
A traffic light is needed on Wyckoff and Russell!

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