An Environmentally Friendly Upgrade To County Road 503

Traffic control measures are coming for Kinderkamack Road and Hackensack Avenue

There are two road improvements in the works for County Road 503, a stretch of road that includes Kinderkamack Road and Hackensack Avenue in River Edge. The construction of the traffic light at Kinderkamack Road and Howland Avenue has already begun. Plans for new traffic lights and left turn lanes are underway for Hackensack Avenue.

Although it may seem counterintuitive, these road improvements will benefit the environment for a few reasons. First, they will reduce congestion, which reduces air pollution, because moving vehicles burn less gas per mile than vehicles stuck in a traffic jam do. Second, they will allow more development in River Edge, which is better than having sprawl on the fringe of our metropolitan region.

Finally, they will ease the trip from Paramus to the New Bridge Landing Station, which will encourage more Paramus residents to take mass transit to work.

The existing plans for an infrastructure upgrade are good. When the economy improves and the county can afford it, I would like to see even more improvements. Eventually, Kinderkamack Road should be two lanes each way from Main Street to Howland Avenue. Widening the road this much without knocking down buildings is possible, because the garden apartments are set back far from the current road.

If this section of Kinderkamack Road could accommodate more cars, then more Paramus residents might park at the New Bridge Landing Station and ride the train to the city. Widening this stretch of County Road 503 would also make high density development possible. I would like to see the section of River Edge south of Holland Avenue and east of Bogart Road rezoned for mixed use buildings up to 12 stories tall. Density is an environmentally friendly alternative to sprawl.

Between Howland and Midland Avenue, River Edge can follow one of two models. We can make this part of Kinderkamack Road two lanes each way, like Cedar Lane in Teaneck or we can copy the new road design in Oradell's business district or Main Street.

The first plan would accommodate denser commercial development. The second plan would promote pedestrian traffic. Either option has its environmental benefits. Once the economy improves, we should upgrade this vital corridor.

Jerseygirl July 07, 2011 at 03:39 AM
What would be environmental & commercial friendly would be to have a bike lane/pathway on Kinderkamack Rd, not a 4-lane highway. River Edge has a green friendly master plan that calls for high density mixed-use development below Main St., near the train station. Why recommend to destroy the character of the town by bisecting it with another "ungreen" highway? Who does this benefit?
REResident July 07, 2011 at 06:09 PM
Hopefully the light will give pedestrians an opportunity to cross Kinderkamack Road and slow down the speed racers.
REResident July 07, 2011 at 06:19 PM
Great point Jerseygirl, we can use more bicycle lanes and lets not have 12 story buildings.
Chris August 20, 2011 at 12:42 AM
This is just wasting our Tax Payer Dollars and benefitting Continental Gardens and The Animal Hospital across the street with a nice new Retaining Wall..
bobby April 15, 2012 at 06:49 PM
They are installing a traffic light, new sidewalks and widening the road, not just about those 2 you mentioned


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