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Hamburg Construction Still a Headache for Motorists

Jug handles on Hamburg Turnpike designed to improve traffic flow.

The improvement project on Hamburg Turnpike is proceeding on schedule, county officials say, but local communters continue to be affected by delays on both Hamburg Turnpike and nearby roadways.

"The project is proceeding on schedule and there have not been any unforeseen problems," said Steve Edmond, Passaic County Engineer.

Construction equipment continues to line the heavily-traveled roadway, causing drivers to slow down and remain cautious. Parts of lanes have been closed as work is done.

The county wants to improve traffic flow on Hamburg by eliminating left-hand turns and forcing people to use the jug handles. Often, commuters effectively shut down one lane of the road when trying to make a left on the roadway, causing backups and delays.

The $9.4 million project began in July. It is expected to take approximately 20 months to complete. The major work of the project involves installing jug handles and new conrete mediums on Hamburg.

One ramp will be constructed between the Chase Bank building and the former Casey O’Toole’s site. The move will allow westbound traffic to turn left onto Valley Road.

Another ramp will be installed between the Valley National Bank and Caldwell Banker parking lot and the Ramapo Shopping Center to allow eastbound traffic to turn left onto Valley Road. That ramp cuts right through part of the center's parking lot.

A center median barrier will be placed on Hamburg Turnpike for the entire length of the roadway except where the road intersects with Valley Road and Hinchman Avenue. 

Similar improvements were already made on the roadway near St. Joseph Wayne Hospital. 

To add to the confusion, Valley Road from Ratzer Road to to Hamburg Turnpike was down to one lane Monday as the county was performing improvement work on part of the roadway. 

"I get that all this work is going to help us in the long-run, but it's still not fun to deal with now," said Grace Cohen as she sat in traffic at a red light Monday afternoon. "I can't wait until it's finished. At least they're finally doing something to help us out."

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Bobtwo September 18, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Why all this. Why didn't they just put in a left turn signal.
Nelson Ortiz September 18, 2012 at 12:07 PM
I agree,all the millions of dollars spent on this project just to give motorists,store owners and home owners a really bad day in traffic.thanks pascrell you dont get mine and a lot of other peoples votes.
eyes wide shut September 18, 2012 at 02:37 PM
this project was GREATLY needed at the intersection. A few months of delay's will be worth it. So yes thanks Mr. Pascrell, YOU GET MY VOTE....AGAIN
joe September 18, 2012 at 03:17 PM
I totally agree with BOBTWO. A simple left turn arrow on both hamburg tpk lights,as it is on the Valley Road sides, would have saved a lot of taxpayers $,$$$,$$$.$$. Now we know who not to vote for. How could the engineers state that it would take less time to make a left hand turn after the jug handles are installed than with a left turn arrow? Now you will have possibly two traffic lights to contend with rather than one if making a left from Hamburg to Valley - one on Hamburg before you cross Valley and the other one on Valley when you get out of the jug handle. Guess some people still have eyes wide shut.
Cat September 18, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Mr. Pascrell is no longer your rep. Wayne is now part of the 11th district, not the 9th. So don't be shocked when you DON'T see Pascrell's name on the November ballot.
eyes wide shut September 18, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Guess you must have you Joe have much more knowledge than the engineers on this project huh? Sometimes when one sits there and stays quiet, people may think of that person as stupid, its when that person opens,their mouth, they remove ALL DOUBTS.. Guess again
Daniel Hubbard (Editor) September 18, 2012 at 04:32 PM
That's correct. John Arvanites is running against incumbent Rodney Frelinghuysen. Technically, the change doesn't officials happen until January. Frelinghuysen is a Republican incumbent.
Nose Wayne September 18, 2012 at 08:12 PM
THANKS DAN. People should think before they speak. Shows how much people pay attention to politics.Who's running for President ?,just kiddin'
Cat September 18, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Dan, Pascrell's name wasn't on the primary ballot in June either. So even though the change may not be "official" until January, for all intents and purposes, it's already occurred.
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