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Letter to the Editor: Mess and Confusion on Laurel Avenue

Cedar Village residents are having difficulty getting back into our development during the Laurel Avenue construction project.

Up until this point the construction work on Laurel Avenue has been going fairly smoothly.

The entrance to the Cedar Village community making a left onto Avon Drive in Holmdel had a lane cordoned off with cones for easy access coming from Laurel. Today that changed. The entrance was partially blocked by a police car as well as cones and two large holes in the pavement. Access was difficult, if not impossible. The next possible entrance into the community, which would have been Commons Way behind the Best Buy, was also blocked. Residents did not know how to get into their development.

The only option would be to turn into Valley National Bank and circle back onto Laurel Avenue or cross over Route 35 and take the jug handle to cross back -- all this without detour signs or directions from police officers who were present.

Residents of this community were pulled over and some ticketed as we sought a way to get back to our homes without direction.

This was a state of chaos and totally unnecessary. I’m hoping this letter brings attention to this problem and hopefully some necessary instructions for the residents of this 150-home development on how we can get back home during this construction.

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JosephGhabourLaw August 16, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Frankly, upgrading infrastructure is key. 27:3-1 states that detours may be established if necessary. However, as a group, if ticketed for only trying to get home with no detour posted, you should contact an attorney to protect your rights, and get the tickets dropped and proper detour procedures for your development. If you have an HOA, have the contact the town as an entity, and ask for a solution, as well.
Tracy August 16, 2012 at 03:05 PM
I can understand the frustration with the traffic on Laurel Ave. I have driven down this road numerous times since construction began and have not had any issues with the traffic patterns. I did need directions and stopped to ask the officer who was standing there. He was nothing but courteous and helpful. It is a CONSTRUCTION ZONE....that means, SLOW DOWN and obey the traffic signs and attending officers. I have witnessed one person making an illegal turn through the cones and almost hit one of the workers. Seriously people.....is rushing to get home worth killing someone??!! I can only hope the officer gave that driver a ticket that day! The cones are there for a reason....it doesn't matter if you live in Holmdel or not. There is also another entrance into Cedar Village that is free of traffic and construction (it is right off rte 35 behind The Turning Point). If people would just take their time and give themselves a few extra minutes, there would not be this amount of frustration. We have been given notice about the construction activity on Laurel for months. What gives anyone the right to drive through cones because they don't want to spend a few extra minutes to drive a safer route? KUDOS to the Holmdel Officers and construction workers for their hard work and efforts in making Holmdel a better place to live.
Joanne Corley August 25, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Thankfully after that one day of disorder.....The Community of Cedar Village has been notified by phone message from the Holmdel Police that on Aug 27th their entrance will be blocked due to road closures and an officer will be there to assist in directing traffic and DETOUR signs are NOW visible on Laurel Avenue. Thanks to Sgt Pigott Safety Holmdel Police and the entire Holmdel Police dept. That is all I was hoping for , Not to repeat the confusion of Wed Aug 15th.
Megan August 27, 2012 at 02:10 PM
I wish there was a way to get updated information. I live in Hazlet, north of Route 35 and I take Laurel Avenue to get to the Parkway to go South. I left my house early this morning just in case there was a hold up on Laurel Ave. To my dismay, there was an AWFUL detour. I came up to the TD Bank and was routed to the right into the Holmdel Commons shopping center. After a brief tour of their parking lots, the detour continued onto 35 right back to where I was (could have just made a left onto 35 instead of touring the parking lot). However, the worst part of this is that the detour continued down 35 all the way to Kings Highway where I had to sit in stop and go traffic for 20 minutes just to get to the Deep Cut Park/Tatum Park area where there was an officer directing traffic. Not only is the detour a complete mess, but the whole situation is poorly announced. One day, there's no construction, we think we're in the clear; the next day, the entire road is impassable and I'm on a 45 minute grand tour of Middletown and Holmdel!
Joanne Corley August 28, 2012 at 02:56 AM
I amjust thankful that as of Aug 27th they have prepared us so we know what to expect!Frustrating yes...but better than being caught off guard with NO warning as was the case up to this pointI guess we need to alot extra time for travel...this too shallpass!!!

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