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Expanded Jughandles Planned for Fischer Blvd., College Drive Intersections

Major work to add lanes, expand jughandles to last until 2015

Photo: Mapquest
Photo: Mapquest
A project to make left turns easier to accomplish will result in expanded jughandles at two Toms River intersections.

Work will begin next year on adding new turn lanes to the intersections of Fischer Boulevard and Hooper Avenue, and College Drive and Hooper Avenue, county officials said Monday.

Once the project is completed in 2015, motorists traveling on Fischer Boulevard wanting to turn left will continue straight across Hooper Avenue and follow the expanded jughandle, which will lead them directly into southbound Hooper Avenue.    

A similar change will be made at College Drive, where motorists exiting the college will continue straight into the jughandle onto Hooper Avenue north.    

The new travel lanes will be added to the sides of the existing jughandles at both intersections.    

"Left turns as they are today will no longer be allowed at either location," said Freeholder Director John P. Kelly.

The project includes signal upgrades which will allow the traffic lights to operate in two phases instead of three, resulting in more green time for drivers on Hooper Avenue.

Currently, both traffic lights are three-phase signals, with drivers on Hooper Avenue having to wait through separate green lights for east and westbound traffic at both intersections.

Also as part of the plan, U-turns will no long be permitted by northbound traffic at College Drive, but a left turn lane and cut-through will be added to Hooper Avenue near the entrance to Squire Village, a housing development just south of the college campus. Today, Squire Village residents traveling north on Hooper Avenue typically use the College Drive jughandle to reverse direction and reach their homes.

"We should see a significant improvement in traffic flow along Hooper Avenue," on the project is complete, said Kelly.

Hooper Avenue will also be widened to three lanes in each direction between the two traffic lights, a distance of about 2,000 feet, officials said.

Seriously? December 09, 2013 at 05:06 PM
Great -- just great. Travelling on Hooper Avenue is nothing short of a nightmare. When this is completed the only intersection that you'll be able to turn left on Hooper will be at Chestnut St by the Presbyterian Church. Watch how fast that turns into a traffic nightmare.
Jeff Nelson December 09, 2013 at 09:52 PM
in theory this sounds great, but logistically, it's just going to make Hooper Avenue in that area three times the nightmare it already is. The problem isn't with traffic exiting the college or with traffic making a left onto Hooper from Fischer. The problem is Hooper Ave itself. It's needless money wasting construction that will solve absolutely nothing. If they want to expand a road to help alleviate traffic, they should look into making Rt 9 two lanes. That road is another traffic nightmare.
R Silva December 10, 2013 at 07:55 AM
I agree with Jeff. My question is how would you make the u Turn at the college turning South on Hooper. Or for those who want to go North on Hooper at Fischer?
1stcav December 10, 2013 at 08:41 AM
TO Engineers in charge : Expand the Fisher extension to Church Rd and make a parkway exit at Church rd. Exit 88 is a nightmare and getting thru Silverton is also. This would help since it's thru Silverton and IS the only way to Fisher. College dr backs up because you can get only so many cars on that short turn around, make it a double lane and longer to fit 10-12 cars...so more can get thru in a timely manor.
Mortimer Snerd December 10, 2013 at 10:52 AM
These new jughandles will be in "environmentally sensitive" areas (wetlands), so why not just bring Fischer straight through them to connect with Church, North Bay and a new Parkway interchange that's been sorely needed for decades? The county should plan this with the Parkway/Tpk. Authority. It would alleviate daily back-ups everywhere between the exit at Rt. 70 and northern TR -- because drivers clog up Brick Blvd., Church Rd. and Hooper Ave. trying to get home or get to the college (+ Bennies trying to get to and from Seaside in summer via the Fischer Blvd. shortcut). FINISH FISCHER NOW!
Peter December 10, 2013 at 01:04 PM
It's just a PLAN! Just like the PLAN for the new traffic pattern at 37 and 166. What ever happen to that plan, dated Feb 2012? http://tomsriver.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/james-street-and-route-166-traffic-change

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