Permits sought for Route 92
Published in the Home News Tribune 12/29/04
By DINA GUIRGUIS
The New Jersey Turnpike Authority has
applied to the state Department of Environmental Protection for permits
regulating construction of Route 92 in the southwestern part of the
According to DEP spokesman Peter Boger, the Turnpike Authority has
filed for an application for stream-encroachment permits and a
freshwater individual permit.
The application requests approval to cut
or clear trees and other vegetation, increase pavement, construct one or
more buildings/structures and expand
existing pavement or buildings/structures. The authority has
been entertaining plans to build an east-west route in Middlesex County
for decades. Route 92 would be a 6.7-mile limited-access highway that
would serve as a link between Route 1 in South Brunswick and the
Turnpike at Interchange 8A in Monroe. The proposed highway would run
through South Brunswick, Plainsboro and Monroe.
South Brunswick Mayor Frank Gambatese was unaware of the Turnpike
Authority's application and was under the impression the project was on
South Brunswick officials are ardently
against the project, claiming it would have adverse affects on the environment and the
quality of life of township residents. Officials in Monroe and
Plainsboro support the project.
Boger said the DEP has 20 days to review the application, after which
it will conduct a formal review process that could take months.
Officials at the Turnpike Authority could not be reached for comment.