NJDOT Permits Hamilton to Ban Trucks Through Cornell Heights
Hamilton Township was notified earlier this week that requests by the Township
to establish restrictions on commercial vehicles in Cornell Heights is
supported by the NJ Department of Transportation (NJDOT).
2019, the Township wrote to the NJDOT requesting an investigation to limit
commercial vehicle traffic in Cornell Heights as weight and/or vehicle
restrictions on roadways can only be granted by the Commissioner of the NJDOT. At the time, the investigation did not result
in a recommendation from the NJDOT however, in late 2020, Hamilton Township was
joined by representatives from NJDOT, the State Legislature, and Mercer County
to hear from residents directly on concerns over commercial traffic in the
Cornell Heights section.
concerns from residents, the NJDOT agreed to revisit the Township’s request for
an investigation which included reviewing a truck traffic analysis by the
Township’s consultant, Center State Engineering. The report by Center State Engineering
recommended alternative routes for commercial vehicles. This week, the NJDOT
informed Hamilton Township that following their review, it was their opinion
that large design commercial vehicles would have difficulty performing safe
turning movements from certain streets in Cornell Heights.
that the NJDOT has recognized the importance of protecting the Cornell Heights
neighborhood from the negative safety impact that large trucks have had on our
community," said Assemblyman Dan Benson. "These roads were not
designed to accommodate the ever-increasing size of trucks often used and as
Chair of the Transportation Committee, I am committed to ensuring the safety of
Hamilton residents from improper trucks using local neighborhood streets as a
With this news,
Hamilton Township plans to put forth an ordinance to the Township Council to
restrict vehicles 45 feet or longer from Rutgers Avenue, Trinity Avenue,
Vetterlein Avenue, Leigh Avenue, Sandalwood Avenue and Princeton Avenue.
Additionally, a similar restriction on Sweetbriar Avenue, which is a Mercer
County road, would have to be considered by the Board of County Commissioners.
conditions have been a long-term concern in Cornell Heights, exceeding my time
in office,” stated Mayor Jeff Martin. “On behalf of our residents, I thank Fred
Dumont, Director of Community & Economic Development, Assemblyman Benson,
and the NJDOT for their support to make Hamilton a safer place to travel for both
our residents and visitors.”
approval, the ordinance will then be sent to the NJDOT to give final approval
and signage of this restriction will then be posted in Cornell Heights and be
able to be enforced by the Hamilton Township Police Division.