WEEHAWKEN, N.J. — Feb 14, 2018, 7:27 AM ET

Second NJ township restricts commuters from resident roads

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A second New Jersey town has closed streets to nonresidents in an attempt to clear out traffic for residents and emergency workers.

Officials in Weehawken Township say they want to prevent nonresidents from driving in for a shortcut to the nearby Lincoln Tunnel. The new rule went into effect on Tuesday and bans nonresidents from making some right-hand turns between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Mayor Richard Turner says residents will be designated by parking tags and police officers will be posted at the intersection to catch and fine nonresidents.

The new rule follows nearby Leonia barring the use of side streets to nonresidents during the morning and evening commutes, which resulted in a commuter filing a lawsuit.

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  • Bree Zee

    Can't see this ban being allowed to continue. If i'm a resident/citizen and pay taxes, I pay for all the roads. Not just those you deem I should be allowed to use. The cities will lose.

  • Verity Pendelton

    Don't the taxpayers pay for those roads? Wouldn't that include ALL taxpayers?

  • KlintzDisqus

    My side street is a long tight S. Takes more time driving around those curves than it does to stay on the main thoroughfare which has a right-angle intersection.

    My old neighborhood/town put three large planters at the end of our block to force short-cutters back onto main roads.

  • Emma Lou #2

    "which resulted in a commuter filing a lawsuit." steenking lawyers.

  • Fulghn

    Interesting to see what happens when autonomous vehicles start pulling this stuff. Will police have shutdown codes to pull over driverless vehicles?

  • Blaize Rage

    So if a person stops at the post office or the stadium, they will get a ticket if they do not have a special police issued tag?

  • notagain

    How do they handle people going to businesses and friends and relatives visiting during those times? Pull them over, make them prove where they're going?

  • I want darwinism back

    Not a bad idea we could use this where i live in so cal, but we dont have cops to spare for enforcment.

  • Dicazi

    I'd be upset, too, if drivers were speeding and clogging up my neighborhood just to save 5 minutes.
    The only time I ever go thru side streets is if the main road is blocked. And I always go the speed limit or slower.

  • CaptnBlynd

    If the roads are closed for public use then the people who live on them must pay ALL maintenance and up keep as PRIVATE roads. This was established long ago in Nevada courts. I assume the same will apply here once the lawsuit proceeds.