ROBBINSVILLE, NJ - (March 11, 2021) - Robbinsville Township Council Thursday approved Resolution 2021-71 accepting the conclusions of a May 21, 2019 report entitled "Truck Route Evaluation and Restriction Study - Sharon Road and Gordon Road" ("Study") prepared by McMahon Associates, Inc.
The purpose of the study was to identify if Sharon Road, between Gordon Road and Old York Road (CR 539), as well as Gordon Road between Sharon Road and Old York Road, are conducive to truck travel and determine if, how, and where segments of Gordon Road and Sharon Road should be either partially or fully restricted to trucks due to inadequate roadway geometry, high truck-related crashes, residential neighborhoods, school zones, and other engineering factors.
The study concluded that due to the narrow width and the lack of shoulders along Sharon Road and Gordon Road, the difficulty trucks have maneuvering through the study area intersections, and the close proximity of utility poles and grassed swales to the edge of the travel lanes, the evaluated roadways are not conducive to truck traffic other than local deliveries. It recommends trucks be restricted along the entire segment of Sharon Road, between US Route 130 and Old York Road, as well as the entire segment of Gordon Road between US Route 130 and Old York Road, with the exception of local deliveries. Council recognizes the proposed truck restrictions could potentially divert truck traffic to other roadways, including roadways owned by the State of New Jersey, Mercer County, and Monmouth County, but those roadways appear able to accommodate the additional truck traffic with no significant impact anticipated. The alternate routes evaluated by the study found no potential constraints along the alternative routes that would prohibit safe and efficient travel for trucks.
Copies of the study and Resolution 2021-71 will be forwarded to the appropriate officials in Mercer and Monmouth Counties in order for those governing bodies to approve similar Resolutions in support of the truck restriction recommendations.
This action is merely the next step in a State-mandated process required to reroute trucks from these roads, and final approvals are likely still months away.