Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles has sent a letter to property owners along Route 9 in Lakewood, urging them to assist the New Jersey Department of Transportation in implementing their planned intersection improvements along Route 9 by donating their rights-of-way along the corridor.
Mayor Coles wrote that “based on our discussions with state leaders, we believe that we can incentivize their moving this project expeditiously by donating the rights of way along the corridor so they can gain leverage in the costs of the plan”.
Mayor Coles noted that based on past discussions with property owners, there already is a sentiment that if this will get the project through, many owners are already ready to forgo compensation on that property, which is in many cases anyways unusable for development.
As previously previously reported on LNN, DOT has withdrawn from plans to widen the entire Route 9 due to the prohibitive $555 million cost, however, the state is advancing plans for intersection improvements along the corridor.
The DOT is in the process of receiving the prerequisite environmental permits and in acquiring the right-of-way needed from the 220 property owners throughout project limits.
As of now, the state anticipates bidding out the project this coming winter and to begin road work in the coming spring.