Hopewell officials oppose construction of Route 92

By Aleen Crispino, Special Writer
Hopewell Valley News, 11/09/2006

Want further study on impact Route 92 would have on towns west of Route 1

Hopewell Borough Council voted 4-1 Monday to adopt a resolution opposing the construction of Route 92 and rejecting the findings of the final Route 92 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Borough Council President David Knights cast the lone dissenting vote and Councilman Mark Samse abstained.

"I am strongly in favor of the passage of this resolution," Mayor David Nettles told council before the vote. "The studies that have been done in no way take into account the traffic west of Route 1."

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority plans to construct a 6.7-mile, east-west, limited-access highway, connecting U.S. Route 1 at Ridge Road in South Brunswick Township with U.S. Route 130 and the New Jersey Turnpike at Exit 8A.

The resolution says the Borough of Hopewell "does hereby urge the United States Army Corps of Engineers to suspend action on all permitting requests relating to the Route 92 project until alternatives, such as the widening of US Route 1, be fully examined and analyzed."

Hopewell, Montgomery and East Amwell townships, which, like Hopewell Borough, lie west of U.S. Route 1, all oppose the Route 92 project, said Mayor Nettles.

"I totally disagree," said Councilman Knights. "Even South Brunswick is softening its stance.

"I don't believe it will have any impact on Hopewell Borough," said Councilman Knights. "If you look at the map, the only east-west connection is I-195, until you go up to Route 18," and the proposed Route 92 will relieve traffic on all the roads in between, said Councilman Knights.

Councilmen Paul Anzano and David Mackie supported the resolution based on what they said was the need for further study on the impact Route 92 would have on towns west of Route 1.

The construction of Route 92 would involve filling in 12.03 acres of wetlands and open water and compensating for that by establishing 56 acres of wetlands and 0.85 acres of open water north and south of the proposed Route 92 alignment east of Haypress Road in South Brunswick Township, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Web site.

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