1,800 letters written against Route 92
July 27, 2004
South Brunswick officials yesterday
said they delivered 1,800 letters to Gov. James E. McGreevey opposing
construction of Route 92.
The proposed highway would run from Route 1 in South Brunswick to New
Jersey Turnpike Exit 8A in Monroe. It would be built by the New Jersey
South Brunswick released a statement saying that the letters were
delivered by Mayor Frank Gambatese and Deputy Mayor Carol Barrett.
Recently, the Army Corps of Engineers released a draft environmental
impact statement that deemed the proposed roadway the least disruptive
way to provide east-west highway movement in Central Jersey.
But South Brunswick and other
opponents contend the highway will bring increased traffic to local
roads, damage the environment and promote development.
Supporters, such as Plainsboro and Monroe, contend the highway will
ease congested Route 1 traffic.
The Army Corps is working to finalize its environmental impact
statement, which will be used to help decide whether to issue permits
to fill wetlands during highway construction. The state approved those permits five years
ago, but the Environmental Protection Agency rejected them.
The McGreevey administration has cited
the need for traffic relief in the area, but has said that it won't
make a final decision until the Army Corps report is finalized.