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Lake Parsippany, Littleton Road Residents Plead for Help

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We in the area including Kingston Road, Marcella Road, Alloway Road, Richard Street and Littleton Road (Route 202) need your help. The construction company hired by the New Jersey Department of Transportation has chosen the area of Littleton Road at Kingston Road as the staging site for the I-80 East rehabilitation project.

This is a two-year project. The area is a heavily travelled corridor now, and due to its one-way routing, construction vehicles will travel on Route 202 north and south to arrive at the yard take a or shortcut through residential streets in Lake Parsippany. 

It will be impossible for area residents or any driver to travel this route safely once the staging area is operational. Even commuters who use Littleton Road will be at risk from lane closures and limited sight lines.

No thought was given to the safety of Parsippany residents when this site was picked.  Lake Parsippany School is two blocks away. Our local streets are used for walking by children and residents of all ages.

If you value your life and the lives of others, please call the Mayor's Action Center at 973-263-4262 or 26th District Asw. Betty Lou DeCroce's Office at 973-884-6190.  Tell them to close this construction site and choose a site away from the residential area. Construction vehicles belong on the side of I-80 East, and not on Littleton Road or residential streets.

Mary Purzycki
Lake Parsippany

Hank Heller August 09, 2012 at 10:34 AM
I am hoping that the Mayors Office and Sen. De Croce's Office can help the conctruction company find more appropriate and less potentially damaging locations for staging this two year effort. Littleton Rd. is almost always a problem to travel on. I do not want to imagine what it would be like with construction vehicles, dump trucks and cranes needing access there. Mrs. Przycki's comments are fair and reasonable. Please help us to find a better staging area.
Jeanmarie Petrino August 09, 2012 at 12:33 PM
This heavily traveled corridor is already horrific to navigate on a daily basis for residents and commuters to jobs in this area. While I agree with the need for improved I-80, I-287 and 202 access, Littleton Road at Kingston Rd. IS NOT the place for a staging area! Perhaps Ms. Purzycki would consider taking this issue to a wider audience by contacting News12 NJ, WMTR Radio 1250 and the Morris County Daily Record. If more people know about this, more people can voice their concerns.
joe raich August 09, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Has the Traffic Safety Advisory Committee acted on these concerns,(if not, why not)?As a former appointee it ought to bean important issue for them.
clyde donovan August 09, 2012 at 05:07 PM
This shouldn't happen in the future because it is likely that Lake Parsippany and Rainbow Lakes will become national and state register historic districts. This will give these areas an additional layer of restrictions because all government projects in a registered district will have to be reviewed and approved by the Department of Environmental Protection Historic Sites Council.
VietNam Vet August 10, 2012 at 05:10 AM
Once they start these jobs they have trucks and machinery all over the place, and when they finish they leave backhoes and other equipment sit there for years sometimes. The state never checks these areas once the job is complete to see if anything was cleaned up or if the area was left the same way they found it. The contractors know this and don't worry about it because they have to wait months and sometime years to get paid from the state.
Frank Drebin August 12, 2012 at 03:56 PM
There is construction equipment on 287 near 80 that has not been used in years.
VietNam Vet August 13, 2012 at 05:23 AM
Thats just what I mean Frank, they leave equiptment all around until they need it for another job. The state never comes to check on the work at all.
Scott Dean August 13, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Frank Drebin, It is great to have you back there have many cases that have gone cold here in Parsippany since you have been gone!! It is a relief to know that you are back and ready to investigate lol.
Lucy August 15, 2012 at 08:18 PM
And also, as a concerned tax paying resident who is being inconvienced night and day over this staging area...will we get a tax break from the state? HA HA HA
Frank Drebin August 15, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Thanks Scott!

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