Warwick Turnpike signal light to change on weekends

Move aims to ease traffic woes during fall season


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  • This temporary traffic light at the construction site of Warwick Turnpike culvert will have a different sequence on weekends. PHOTO BY ANN GENADER



BY ANN GENADER

Weekend traffic tie-ups have become a repeated weekend problem at the scene of the Passaic County Public Works $1.1 million Warwick Turnpike culvert reconstruction project.

It is the time of year when visitors head to Warwick, N.Y., for apple picking and other fall events. More traffic is expected on Oct. 14 during the West Milford Autumn Lights Festival, said Mayor Bettina Bieri.

The county is tackling the problem by changing the timing on the temporary traffic light at the culvert location. On the weekends, the light will stay green in a north direction for the maximum amount of time possible to give those heading to Warwick in the morning less waiting time.

Apple pickers usually head home in late afternoon or early evening and that is when the longer green light time will be switched to the south side while the one-lane traffic pattern stays in place.

The Warwick Chamber of Commerce post traffic information on its website.

The first half of the project was finished in July. Only one section of the bridge at a time can remain open during the Reovax Contracting of Newark project.

The work is partially funded with $640,000 in New Jersey DOT money, due to the bridge's deteriorated condition and environmentally sensitive properties.

Work was not continuing because of the need for Passaic County to coordinate with electric companies with lines along the construction route. Orange and Rockland Electric Company has finished installing utility poles; Warwick Valley Telephone Company installed new wires and will finish up when Cablevision is done.

Residents who come down the mountain from Upper Greenwood Lake, Mt. Laurel and Lake Lookover on weekends may find themselves waiting at a bit longer temporary red traffic.

The narrow turnpike culvert, built in 1936, was declared functionally obsolete in 2014. The bridge is also being widened.

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