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.