As reported by direct phone call this morning to Edison's residents, Mayor Antonia Ricigliano stated that the railroad tracks between Old Post Road and Prince Street on busy Route 1, will be closed Friday, August 16 at 9 p.m. until Monday, August 19 at 5 a.m. As the recording stated, residents could check the Edison website for alternate routes. For a notification so timely, it would have been more of a service to residents if this information was the first place their eyes looked. The six-year old photo of the mayor and President Obama has been on the website for some time now.
Because the original notification was dated on August 1, it would have been much more timely if the phone message was sent out as a warning to residents alerting them of the upcoming closure and then a reminder closer to the date. Receiving a message the day of or day before the closure is not enough warning for most people who do not shop daily.
As stated in the Home News Tribune on Friday, the day of the closure, with headline stating "Edison traffic nightmare looms," looms,” this stretch of Route 1 is a nightmare on a normal day for those who live within the area or travel this stretch daily. With the confluence of several highways and byways; the New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway, Routes 1, 9 and 35, Interstate 287 and Route 440, the residents can expect to hear the noise of traffic helicopters overhead and police sirens as drivers lose patience with the delays and detours. Good luck!
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