Township Council To Vote On Resolution Supporting Lawrence Brook Residents in dispute with Turnpike Authority
Friday, September 6, 2013 • 7:12pm
EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick Township Council will hold their twice monthly meeting on Monday September 9 at 7PM in the Municipal Court
Highlighting the meeting will be the Council's much anticipated vote on a resolution urging the New Jersey Turnpike Authority to provide relief to the residents of Lawrence Brook affected by the ongoing construction at Interchange 9 of the Turnpike. The ongoing construction, which ultimately will cause Route 18 to be moved closer to the existing Lawrence Brook homes, has already caused major disruptions to these residents. These disruptions, according to the residents, were initially caused by the removal of trees on Westons Mill Road which had previously acted as a noise buffer to the residents. The removal of these trees, coupled with the rerouting of the highway closer to their homes, has caused a major increase in noise and vibrations to the existing homeowners, and a reduction in their quality of life. The residents had requested a sound barrier be erected to help diffuse much of the additional noise, but the Turnpike Authority had previously indicated no intention to erect the requested barrier..
In response to the residents' concerns, the Township hired a consultant to conduct noise studies in the Lawrence Brook area. In the areas where a sound barrier had previously been erected, the studies showed noise to be on average 10 decibels less than the areas where trees were removed and no barrier erected. At present, the Turnpike Authority has not indicated any change in their position regarding erecting the wall.
For further details and to review the complete agenda for the meeting, please refer to the following link: