Ashe-Nadrowski: Traffic Congestion on Turnpike Bridge Must Force Bayonne to Lead Discussion on Expansion Plans

Despite opposition coming from Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop to a proposal by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority to expand vehicular traffic access into Bayonne by replacing the Turnpike Bridge, Bayonne City Council President and mayoral hopeful Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski says the Peninsula City must be at the forefront of discussions on the proposed project.

Ashe-Nadrowski says the plan is welcome news for Bayonne residents, who have to sit in traffic, much of it truck traffic, while traveling across Newark Bay into Hudson County in order to use Exit 14A to get into Bayonne.

“As anyone who has commuted over the bridge knows that for the last 30 years we have had to deal with a roadway that is undersized,” stated Ashe-Nadrowski.  “The constant traffic is only made worse by the “necessary repairs” which seem to be an annual challenge.”

More than a decade ago the New Jersey turnpike proposed plans to construct a new truck exit called 14X which was designed to redirect all truck traffic to Global terminals and the waterfront warehousing located in Jersey City while removing trucks from Bayonne roadways. “Unfortunately that plan was blocked by forces outside of Bayonne and instead we have a redesigned 14A that did not help Bayonne residents that still sit in traffic with trucks,” added Ashe-Nadrowski. “My fear is that those outside forces may be at work again and that we need make sure that Bayonne does not get left out of the conversation.”

Over the past decade, Jersey City has seen exponential development which has added traffic to the Turnpike extension bridge.  The Council President went on to say, “Now that Bayonne has started developing MOTBY and has approved a UPS logistic center the expansion of the bridge is even more pressing. I understand the need to review the projects community impact, but Bayonne needs to lead the conversation and have a voice in the process.”

Bayonne does not have the benefits of mass transit like other Hudson County Communities and relies heavily on its bridges to access points west and south of the City.  Ashe-Nadrowski has reached out to the New Jersey Turnpike, Mayor Newark Ras Baraka and Mayor Fulop to discuss this matter.

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