Left-hand turns are being eliminated on Hamburg Turnpike between Church Lane and Hinchman Avenue in an effort to improve traffic flow and safety on the heavily traveled roadway.
Traffic on the county-owned road can back up and become delayed because of people making left turns onto side streets like Valley Road.
“It’s needed to improve safety and to remove traffic congestion,” said Steve Edmond, Passaic County engineer. “If you take the left-hand turns out it will improve the flow of traffic along the roadway.”
Vehicles often block a lane of traffic to make left-hand turns from Hamburg on side streets and into shopping malls.
Two jug handles will be installed on Hamburg Turnpike. One will be located on the eastbound side of the road heading towards Paterson through the Ramapo shopping center. Vehicles will be able to use the jug handle to head onto Valley Road.
The second will be located on the westbound side of the road near Casey O’Toole’s.
Part of the road has already been paved and dividers set up near Schuyler-Colfax Middle School. Jug handles are already in operation on the roadway, including one at Berdan Avenue and another at Church Lane.
Hamburg Turnpike will be resurfaced farther down from Schuyler-Colfax and more dividers set up near Church Lane. The roadway will also be paved from Church Lane to Hinchman Avenue.
Also as part of the project, part of Valley Road near Barbor Pond Road will be repaired and repaved. The lanes on Valley Road are not properly aligned.
The $9 million project is expected to take 20 months to complete.
The township approved an ordinance earlier this year that being made from Hamburg to Valhalla Way.