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Edgewater, NJ News

Study slated for Edgewater traffic flow on River Road

Edgewater ferry terminal on River Road
River Road ferry terminal
The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority has approved funding for a study on improving access and circulation along Bergen County’s busy River Road corridor, Bergen County Executive Dennis McNerney announced on Wednesday.

"Congestion often makes travel in the River Road corridor very difficult," said McNerney, who serves as NJTPA First Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the NJTPA’s Project Prioritization Committee. "This study will offer options that will allow us to help commuters get around an area that’s likely to continue growing in the future."

River Road, Edgewater’s main north-south artery and designated as County Route 505, faces several transportation challenges. As it runs along the waterfront, it passes through dense commercial and residential neighborhoods. It also is home to a busy commuter ferry terminal with limited parking. Three steep and winding roads – Main Street/Hudson Terrace, Route 5 and Gorge Road – provide the primary access to River Road from heavily populated areas above the Palisades. In addition, River Road often acts as a rush hour siphon for motorists trying to avoid George Washington Bridge traffic and heading south towards alternative routes.

The study will produce a set of recommendations for enhancing circulation throughout the area. Specific transit and ferry access strategies will be developed with consideration given to all regional modes of travel, including auto, bus, rail, bicycling, and walking.

The $230,000 study will be paid for through $184,000 in federal funds provided by a NJTPA grant and $46,000 from a local match. Funding will begin July 1.