Days numbered for 'Jersey Left'?

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | Thursday, February 21, 2013

A New Jersey bill would put an end to a common practice in the state that some say worsens road congestion.

The Senate Transportation Committee voted to advance a bill that would prohibit the planning, designing or construction of any additional “jughandles” on roads or highways in the state. Existing jughandles would not be affected.

Image courtesy of Federal Highway Administration

Diagram of a “jughandle” intersection.

The distinctive turn lanes require drivers to exit right onto a U-shaped portion of road in order to turn left. Intended to help safely slow traffic, critics say increased traffic now results in longer backups.

“While jughandles were originally designed to prevent the buildup of traffic at intersections, they can no longer handle the high volumes that are now common on many New Jersey roads,” Sen. James Holzapfel, R-Ocean, said in a news release.

Holzapfel says that modern intersection designs are faster, safer and easier for drivers to navigate.

S207 awaits consideration on the Senate floor. An identical Assembly bill – A3831 – is in the Assembly Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities Committee.

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