Franklin adds cash to fight
By: Joseph Harvie , Staff Writer
South Brunswick Post, 10/07/2004
Agrees to help fund battle against Rt. 92.
In a sign of solidarity among
neighbors, Franklin Township has agreed to give $10,000 to a defense
fund set up by South Brunswick to fight Route 92.
In a work session Tuesday night, the Franklin Township Council
unanimously approved amending the township budget to allow the $10,000
to be given to the defense fund, said Franklin Township Manager Ken
South Brunswick and Franklin townships both have opposed Route 92, a
proposed 6.7-mile toll road that would connect the N.J. Turnpike at
Exit 8A with Route 1 at Ridge Road.
The Army Corps of Engineers released a Draft Environmental Impact Study
in April that said construction of a new east-west highway would
improve east-west traffic and provide an alternative for traffic moving
north and south.
A full text of a May 20 public hearing on Route 92 is available for
sale and for download at the Army Corps of Engineers' Web site.
Last week, the Princeton Environmental
Commission said that the Princeton Borough Council and Princeton
Township Committee should reconsider their position favoring Route 92
because all other options were not looked at.
The Princeton Environmental Commission said an extension of Route 522
would serve as a viable alternative to Route 92.
South Brunswick has had a long history
of opposing Route 92 because of concerns residents have with the amount
of traffic the road would generate.
Kingston residents have been worried
because they say Route 92 traffic would be dumped onto Ridge Road,
which leads to Kingston.
South Brunswick Mayor Frank Gambatese
said Wednesday he was pleased to hear that Franklin agreed to donate
"I am very happy about that. So
far no one has really contributed to the defense fund and Franklin
shares a part of the historic village of Kingston with South
Brunswick," Mayor Gambatese said. "It
is very important to both South Brunswick residents and Franklin
residents that Route 92 not go through."
Mayor Gambatese said the township will
continue its fight against Route 92, no matter how long it takes.
"We will continue this fight. I think
things are going along good, and we'll see when the new governor comes
in, what he can do about it. It is time to put this to bed," Mayor
Gambatese said. "It has been here since I have been here and it has not
gone away. We are not going to run
out of patience on this I can tell you that."
Mr. Daly said Franklin expects to give the money to South Brunswick in
The Franklin Township Council was responding to concerns of Kingston
residents, who made a presentation Tuesday to the council supporting
the defense fund, he said.
Mr. Daly said Franklin Township has
long opposed Route 92 along with South Brunswick and that its stance
will not change.