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NJDOT Must Answer Questions Regarding I-80 Construction

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The following questions need to be answered by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

I have shared these questions, along with concerns, to the mayor, deputy chief of police and Township Council.

  1. Exactly what route will the construction vehicles use to travel to and from the Littleton Road/Route 202 North staging area to the I-80 East construction site? Please have it shown on a map.
  2. Why is it that the New Jersey Turnpike Authority Chief Engineer Rick Raczynski recognizes the importance of a shoulder on the side of the road and the NJDOT does not?

The Newark Star Ledger of Aug. 15, 2012, has an article quoting Rick Raczynski about the safety of a shoulder lane.

He states, “Without having that safety net, that asphalt safety net called a shoulder, you really lose control of your car very quickly as soon as your tires hit the grass. The lack of shoulders also has led to secondary accidents. Emergency services vehicles also have a hard time reaching accidents on the narrow roadway.” 

It seems the NJDOT chief engineers, the Union Paving & Construction Company, department spokesman Tim Greeley and staff member Alex Borovskis don’t agree with the New Jersey Turnpike Authority's chief engineer. They eliminated the shoulder on Littleton Road without consideration for the safety of commuters and area residents.

It seems that whatever fits the construction company’s plan for the moment is right, to heck with the quality of life and safety of commuters and area residents.

Mary Purzycki
Lake Parsippany 

NJ State News August 16, 2012 at 10:06 AM
Yeah, what the construction company has planned is right! I'm sure if you dig a little deeper then a few newspapers you'd find an answer. People are never happy...if they didn't get rid of the shoulder, you folks (not you personally) would find something else to be up in arms about. In the big scheme of things, is it REALLY that big of a deal? Here's a hint for ya to....you shouldn't "demand" answers. I have solutions to this problem - everyone drive at a reasonable speed is #1. The #2 solution is don't walk on a highway or on streets with fast moving vehicles. Problem solved. Next.....
Angelina August 16, 2012 at 10:55 AM
How about the noise it makes, traffic it is going to cause. And our houses that shake due to the construction. U don't know bc u don't live right across the street from it ! Do you have any idea how many kids walk not only the roads in question but 202 in general to get to and from school every day? No. So you have no reason to put your two sense in here because your not being directly affected by it like we are. So keep your rude comments to yourself Brian.
NJ State News August 16, 2012 at 11:34 AM
Oh, Ange. Not a good way to start off your morning in such a bad mood. First off...i think you mean two CENTS. In response to your rude comment, i actually do live in the Rockaway/Denville area and quite frankly, i'm glad they are fixing the roads. They're horrible. And this is an opinion section, so I will freely voice mine. Thanks. Have a great day! :)
Angelina August 16, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Haha so whyyyyy are you even concerned with Parsippany patch comments. Thank you for acknowledging that your opinion really is useless. Enjoy your day, mr. Kearny.
clyde donovan August 17, 2012 at 07:45 PM
When the Lake Parsippany Historic District is created by local residents and the state DEP, there will be be a lot less rebuilding or modification of all roads in the Lake Parsippany area.

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