Are New Traffic Lights Increasing Backup At Rt 206 & Amwell Rd?

Are you sitting in traffic?

A motorist posted this thought on SeeClickFix.com
What do you think? 

"Previously at 206 and Amwell, you could proceed to turn left after traffic finished coming from the other direction. The green turn arrow would turn to a full green light. Now the green turn arrow becomes red when cars are allowed to proceed straight. So all the cars that could turn if there are no cars coming from the other direction have to sit and wait. This is taking things backwards.

Changes should reduce traffic and frustration, not increase it."
David Wald March 14, 2014 at 11:07 AM
Actually the Chief and town officials do have the ability to make recommendations to the State on changes, etc. So this is not a waste.
sammy March 17, 2014 at 02:39 PM
most likely changed due to the chiefs request or because the State sees the danger in allowing further left turns when drivers will jump the intersection while the other green arrows going west or east light up. save lives , time spent is minimal . SLOW THE H down. You have no place to be anyway!!!
Jamie Guthrie March 18, 2014 at 05:05 PM
i wrote to the township and they said that only officials can make requests regarding the timing of the light due to the money that is needed to investigate the problem. I scratch my head and wonder what kind of investigating needs to be done when it is painfully obvious that the light is just too short. The light I am referring to is the Milestone Bypass light directly next to the Getty. The line starts from almost Shoprite in Hillsborough to the Milestone light. Then on the other side i sit on the way home from Elizabeth. It lets 6 cars go through causing a major pile up on both sides of Amwell road. You will literally sit at this one light for 30 minutes watching it turn over and over. Now due to the Weston Canal Bridge closure the traffic is worse than ever before. Adding a solid hour to my commute both ways. I am very stressed because of this and cant believe that i will have to take this route 4-6 months until the bridge is fixed since i have no other route options. I hope an official can see this and put in a request for that light to be lengthened- 15-20 seconds longer and things could flow a little more smoothly. PLEASE HELP!!!
sammy March 19, 2014 at 11:03 AM
Jamie - here are two alternatives , i like the odds of number 2 but try both. 1) Hillsborough Road - L on Millstone - R on Blackwells - L on S. Middlebush - L onto Amwell to Elizabeth. I am sure it will be busy but move better than Amwell at Millstone . Number 2 - longer but faster - Route 22 - 287 exit L at Weston - L onto Cottontail - L onto Campus Drive to Elizabeth. good luck.
S.G. March 20, 2014 at 12:12 PM
Jamie, as Sammy pointed out there are multiple alternate routes. Additionally, it sound as as though you are talking about the traffic light in Milllstone Borough (Millstone River Road at the Getty)... not in Hillsborough. Both of the roads at that intersection are county roads so your comments/correspondence/suggestions should go to Somerset County.


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