I feel like I just said this, but - heads up, Brick commuters!

After a few weeks of work, a new traffic pattern has taken effect at one of the busiest intersections in Ocean County - Van Zile Road and Route 70 in Brick.

Photo by Justin Louis
Photo by Justin Louis

As you can see in the photo above, there are now three lanes on the south side of Van Zile, including a dedicated turn lane, and two on the north side, including a turn-only lane and a straight-only lane.

I can see both a few positives and negatives here.

On the plus side
If you're coming across 70 southbound, with only one lane going straight there will no longer the the race to merge in only a couple feet before it goes down to one lane past the synagogue.

But there are a few drawbacks here, too
With only one lane coming across 70 southbound, I can just imagine that backups that will build during the busiest times. However, that side gets the green first and longer.

But, that also means that the northbound side now has a delayed green, which gives people turning left onto Route 70 less time to do so, and they'll have to wait for room to turn with oncoming traffic from the other side.

I feel like this is one of those changes that will take some time to get used to, and people who travel there regularly will have to do so for a while before we can decide if this is a good change or not.

What do you think? Do you travel this intersection on a regular basis? If so, do you think this is a good change or not? Comment below and weigh in!


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