McGreevey awaits report from the
Army Corps of Engineers
Brunswick Post, June 13, 2002:
McGreevey is going to wait for a report from the Army Corps of Engineers before
deciding whether or not he supports Route 92.
The New York
District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said in May that the release of its
long-awaited environmental impact study of Route 92, a proposed 6.7-mile,
limited-access toll road linking Route 1 and N.J. Turnpike Exit 8A, will be
delayed until September. The report will focus on the potential effects the spur
will have on the area.
Department of Transportation spokesman Micah
Rasmussen said the governor will not take a side on the issue despite receiving
a letter two weeks ago from several local mayors, including Debra Johnson of
South Brunswick, urging him to oppose and essentially halt the
Route 92 has been vehemently opposed by officials from South
Brunswick, Franklin, Montgomery, Manville, Hillsborough, the Hopewells,
Pennington and Rocky Hill. The road, however, has been supported by the
governments of Plainsboro, Cranbury, Monroe, West Windsor and the
"We're eagerly awaiting the results of the report just like
everyone else involved," Mr. Rasmussen said. "It wouldn't make sense
any kind of statement now. It would be premature."
impact study has been in the works since February 2000, when the Army Corps' New
York District office concluded that the
road could have environmental impacts
and that an environmental impact statement was required.
The Army Corps
became involved after the federal Environmental Protection Agency rejected a
permit request from the Turnpike Authority nearly four years ago that would
allow it to fill some wetlands along the highway's proposed route.
EPA representatives said at the time, and during Army
Corps hearings on the project, that Route 92 would cause significant
environmental impacts and that other, less intrusive alternatives
The state Department of Environmental Protection issued
its own environmental permits several months later, triggering the review by the