LINDEN – City officials hope that federal stimulus funding will enable them to build a new tunnel at Roselle Street to help ease traffic congestion by creating a fourth point to cross the Amtrak railroad line.
There are three ways for drivers to cross the tracks: underpasses at Stiles Street and Wood Avenue, and an overpass at Park Avenue. That’s not enough to handle rush hour traffic, according to a study conducted by Ron Stefanowicz, the executive director of economic development for Linden.
“It’s terrible. We’ve got traffic problems. We’ve got blockage…. We’ve only got three main arteries north and south,” Stefanowicz said. “At certain times of the day the traffic is backed up as far as Rahway.”
Officials believe that new construction, such as a planned mixed-use retail and housing complex on the site of the former General Motors plant, will only make the traffic situation worse.
Linden officials hope to receive $33 million from the federal Department of Transportation to build the tunnel. Nationwide, $1.5 billion is available for transportation projects.
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