Has Route 37 Become Too Dangerous?

Your thoughts on the major roadway

Route 37 is again in the headlines for a fatality. Last week, a pedestrian was crossing the major road at its Pelican Island section, leading into Seaside. This weekend, on its westernmost stretch near the traffic circle with Route 70, a of a 17 year old Jackson student, with passengers from each vehicle in the two-car crash hospitalized.

It begs the question: how dangerous is Route 37? With multiple lanes of traffic, jughandles, pedestrian crosswalks, Parkway entrance and exits, the roadway also manages to stretch through multiple towns.

It's longest stretch, however, is in Toms River, where Route 37 is home to local and national businesses running the gamut of retail and services. And if you want to take a trip from the township's northernmost to southernmost point, chances are you are crossing Route 37.

Clearly, it's an essential road. But these days, how safe is it?

Do you feel there is a spot where speeding is a culprit, or where it's impossible to change lanes? Is it less safe a particular time of year, or time of the week?

We want to know your thoughts. It's our Question of the Day.

BN May 17, 2011 at 01:06 AM
The people who b!tch about seniors are the ones who swerve in and out to avoid them...thus causing the accidents on 37 W.
. May 17, 2011 at 03:39 AM
BN I am with you on the spell checker comment! Isnt' it atrocious? Why is it that people can not spell d e f i n i t e l y correctly? Everyone has lost all regard for spelling and grammar due to all of the texting that they do.
Joanne May 17, 2011 at 11:03 AM
I can't even comment on the article at this point. I am too amazed at people who want to rip someone for their spelling and someone who has no name.
Richard J. Thomas May 17, 2011 at 11:17 AM
Speeding and careless driving are the main problems on RT 37. The police presense is minimal and I'm not knocking the cops just saying there aren't enough of them out there. Once the summer starts the traffic becomes impossible. Too many day trippers in a hurry to get to the beachs and bars.
Mike May 17, 2011 at 11:47 AM
I agree, cops should be more aware and target the BMW. Stopping at least 3 a day would create some cash for the town, and teach the drivers of these vehicles a lesson by paying reckless driving, and speeding fines. Reckless driving and speeding stem from the impatient(I'm first,screw you) type driver. I could comment for ever on this subject.
Uglykid825 May 17, 2011 at 12:51 PM
A Toms River Cop every year or so shooting radar would be nice. Perhaps Chief MM could have his over paid troops do some real police work instead of bullying property owners at Toms River School Board Meetings. There is a reason crime is up over 50% in 3 years in our town The reason is OAK AVE and its poor management.
Uglykid825 May 17, 2011 at 12:56 PM
What was the girl on Rt 37 on Pelican Island doing walking in the road at 5:00AM? Which club or bar was she at? Who's home was she drinking at? Why are they not being held as liable for serving her more alcohol than she was legally able to consume? Don't tell us she was planning on Jackson from Seaside at 5:00AM Please chief MM... Do some detective work and earn your $175K a year base salary before Overtime.
Gino De Lucia May 17, 2011 at 01:05 PM
I've driven through practically just about every state with-in the continental US and have found that the majority of New Jersey's Drivers are the most inconsiderate & aggressive of them all! Day in and day out, they speed & weave in and out of traffic excessively while yapping & texting on their cellphones, and way too many drivers here seem to have no respect for their own safety; let alone for that of others. I agree with Mike; that huge attitude problem, ("Screw you~ I come first so get the hell out of my way!") seems to be the rule here in the Garden State!
Martin May 17, 2011 at 03:32 PM
BMW? -- It doesn't sound like you mean the car. Something about Bennies?
bayway mike May 17, 2011 at 03:40 PM
route 37 has become raceway park south.. many, many drivers think it's a straight-away at daytona..
barbara May 17, 2011 at 04:06 PM
My 2 cents: Too few drivers use signals when changing lanes. Unless I am from another planet, I think it is still the law to do so. Too many on phone, or texting. I can't even count the numbers of drivers I see who are driving with their eyes down (I assume looking at a message). Speed: even on roads that are 50 mph, drivers zip past doing at least 70 (Fischer blvd. is now among the worst for this). As far as the spelling mistakes, I really think that if you are taking advantage of your right of free speech, you should at least make an effort to make a presentable comment. No one is "ripping" anybody, but the quality of the written word has taken a nosedive. It doesn't take much time to look over your comments to be sure they are legible.
gary sipos May 17, 2011 at 06:31 PM
I agree about the area by Walmart, but I think the worst is the bridge to Seaside the lanes are too narrow & the drawbridge really outdated.
Mike May 17, 2011 at 08:16 PM
Yes Martin, I do mean the car. I hate to stereotypy but they must have a passion to be inconsiderate,especially the younger drivers of the BMWs.
Mike May 17, 2011 at 08:26 PM
We can't place blame on all seniors and all bennies. It dosen't take but a few seconds to let someone in front of you so they can make a turn if they are stuck in the middle lane. Don't think it would screw up your day that much.
BN May 17, 2011 at 10:37 PM
There are people who would like The Patch to remain a mature forum where concerned residents can discuss local issues and events in an adult manner. If I ever develop an appetite for mindless pap, I'll read the Asbury Park Press' reader's comments.
Gino De Lucia May 18, 2011 at 01:47 PM
Gary: If you think the bridge is a mess now, then just wait & see the nightmare that going to start happening next year: Current NJ DOT plans call for closing down of the Mathis Bridge for several months and diverting all east & west traffic over to the Tunney bridge so that they can replace the old drawbridge section on the Mathis bridge with a new one, and also widen the bridge to make wider lanes. Personally, I think that those plans will result into being nothing more than just a "temporary and inadaquite solution to the problem" and a huge waste of taxpayers money! Instead of widening lanes & replacing the drawbridge section, wouldn't it be more wise to permanently eliminate the problems that the bridge openings create by just re-building the bridge in the first place to make it equal to the the height of the Tunney bridge? Sure, it will cost a lot more money to do that now, but in the long run, it's going to eventually have to be done anyway and so why not do it now and get it over with?
eric May 18, 2011 at 03:37 PM
First of all , stop bitching about the seniors and lock up the white trash deadbeats and whores near the bridge like gilford park, coolidge ave., pine rest motel, etc.
Keith May 18, 2011 at 04:13 PM
You need left hand turns especially near Wal.mart and BJ's.Cars are making u turns all over the place. These t-cup handles are a pain waste time and fuel.Out of towners don't know to make a left u need to make a right.
Gino De Lucia May 18, 2011 at 05:24 PM
I agree with you Keith; that Route 37/BJ's/ Walmart always busy intersection is currently a nightmare and an accident-waiting- to-happen! Drivers coming out of Walmart attempting to make a left have to "play chicken" with all the on-coming traffic from BJ's in order to make the light. A huge improvement there would be accomplished by revamping the lanes & traffic lights at that intersection so to allow for Rt 37 green left turn arrow signals. They could do the same for drivers on Route 37 going westbound into BJ's and east bound into Walmart.
barbara May 18, 2011 at 10:27 PM
eric: Let's keep this an adult discussion. We all know there are trouble spots in Toms River, but don't slander EVERYBODY who lives in those areas. Some of the so-called "good" areas have their share of nasties, too.
want2say May 23, 2011 at 01:04 AM
This has got to be the meanest group of comments i have ever read on the patch. Not all of them are mean, of course, but wow, there are some gruff jerks out there. fuall
barbara May 23, 2011 at 01:27 PM
A lot of mean people out there. Why? We all have problems, but seems to me that when someone sits at a computer they feel they can take their anger to the next level because they don't have to interact with a "live" person. Cheaper than therapy, but makes for some uncomfortable reading.
Gino De Lucia May 23, 2011 at 01:44 PM
Stick to the subject matter people: This isn't an "English Class" in high school!
gracie allen May 28, 2011 at 06:03 AM
Regarding Rt 37.................my worse areas are the Yield signs. coming off the parkwy onto 37 (Near Kohl's) no one yields heading to the light on 166/37. On 166 heading south (by old movie theater) the ramp coming off 37 - no one yields to existing 166 traffic crossing over 37.
. May 28, 2011 at 11:46 AM
I have the right to post under any name that I choose! In case you didn't notice, most people don't use their real name. When I read an article and the comments on it I don't what to have to use an Urban Dictionary to decipher what someone is trying to say. This is meant to be an adult forum.
want2say May 28, 2011 at 06:14 PM
@Gracie is right -- people do not seem to know that YIELD means to yield (stop, wait if necessary) as the oncoming traffic ha the RIGHT OF WAY. Perhaps they should print those three words on the yield signs again! @Gino De Lucia is right as well -- the area of 37 at walmart's light is atrocious!!! Left turn arrows SHOULD be used. No need to spend the money making jughandles. NO JUGHANDLES, just install left turn arrows for all four directions. It works quite well in other places!
barbara May 28, 2011 at 10:51 PM
Totally agree about Yield signs. Can't count how many times I've been beeped at because I am waiting to enter the roadway at a yield. (and I'm not someone who sits forever just because).Maybe there should be some Public Service Announcements going over rules of the road. Just to refresh them in peoples' minds. Another rule that could use refreshing is the "signal" rule. I have never seen so many change lanes, turn, etc. all without benefit of the turn signal. This is not an inconvenience; this is a safety feature. Please use signals.
Gino De Lucia June 17, 2011 at 12:16 PM
Notice to all you morons that are yapping & texting while driving: STOP! You are endangering my life, yours, & the lives of others! Notice to the local & State Police Departments: Please help to save lives by ENFORCING THE LAWS that pertain to the use of cell phones while driving!
jerseyyyy July 03, 2012 at 04:35 AM
If people learned how to drive this wouldnt even be a topic of discussion. Put your cellphones down and pay attention to your driving.
. July 03, 2012 at 10:46 AM
Actually, only about 18% of Toms River's population are seniors according to the last census. I think poor traffic patterns in the area are more to blame than the seniors,.


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