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Traffic to be Discussed in CVS Application

An engineer with the township will discuss traffic at Union and Finderne avenues.

CVS is returning to the zoning board Tuesday concerning an application for a new building on the corner of Finderne and Union avenues, and an engineer for the township is expected to discuss traffic concerns at the intersection.

The application was originally before the board earlier this year, but board members were concerned about the additional traffic at the intersection, including the proposals for having right in and right out access on Union and full access to the building onto Finderne.

After working with the New Jersey Department of Transportation and the county, by creating a dedicated left turn lane on both sides of Union Avenue, as well as a signal and other changes that go along with the improvements.

With this proposal, the state, which has jurisdiction over Union Avenue, said it would agree to the proposal, as did the county, which has jurisdiction over Finderne Avenue and was refusing to allow for full access on that road until CVS promised that these improvements would be made.

But zoning board members said they are still concerned about the traffic in that area, and the addition of allowing people to make left turns onto Finderne Avenue, while people are also making left turns off of Union, albeit with a dedicated lane.

Other residents and nearby businesses have also expressed concerns about adding more traffic in general, saying they would not like to see another business added to that area, which is already very busy.

The board is planning to hear from a township engineer on the traffic issue, and could make its decision about the application during Tuesday's meeting.

The meeting, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, has been moved to the Bridgewater Senior Center, instead of the municipal building.

M R November 20, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Good grief, don't we have enough empty pharmacies in the area? The former Rite Aid in Bound Brook, the former Drug Fair in Raritan? And the one almost across the street that has been sub divided into other stores? Sure, it will fill an empty lot and the building of it will fill many pockets, but is this really needed?
BRIDGEWATER RESIDENT November 21, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Ms. Robinson is absolutely correct. What is this building going to be used for? There have been quite a few fender benders and several major accidents at this intersection. What is needed is a delayed traffic signal on Union Avenue going East. You cannot see the opposite lane which can either go straight or make a right hand turn onto Finderne Avenue towards 22. It is an all time mess.


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