No date for Route 92 report release

By: Sharlee Joy DiMenichi , Staff Writer
South Brunswick Post, 12/04/2003

Environmental Impact Statement on proposed roadway had been due in May.

No new release date has been set for an environmental study on the proposed Route 92.

The report had been scheduled for release in May, said Army Corps of Engineers' spokesman Richard Tomer. However according to Army Corps staff members, state officials asked that Gov. James McGreevey's office, the state Department of Environmental Protection and the state Department of Transportation have a chance to review the data in terms of the smart-growth initiatives.

Mayor Frank Gambatese and Councilman Ed Luciano met with officials of the Army Corps of Engineers in New York City Nov. 25 to discuss a timeline for the release of an Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed roadway, but no date was available, Mayor Gambatese said Tuesday. The meeting provided township officials with another chance to talk to staff of the Army Corps of Engineers about township opposition to the proposed roadway.

The proposed 6.7-mile, limited-access roadway would link Route 1 near Ridge Road with the N.J. Turnpike at Exit 8A. The proposed roadway would cut through the northern tip of Plainsboro and run east to west through much of South Brunswick along Friendship Road. The Army Corps of Engineers is conducting an environmental review of the proposed road because building Route 92 would require filling in wetlands. The federal Environmental Protection Agency refused environmental permits for the highway in 1998. The state Department of Environmental Protection, however, issued permits for it in 1999. The Army Corps of Engineers is required to review the project because of the disagreement. The Army Corps reviewed the project and determined that an environmental impact statement was necessary.