The Rt. 37 & Rt. 166 Intersection in Toms River, NJ is THE WORST – So How Can we Save It?
When I say "the Intersection at Rt. 37 & Rt. 166," what's the first word that comes to mind?
It's probably something that wouldn't be very nice to say, right? I'm with you there. That's the last part of my ride to work, and sometimes it adds 5-10 minutes more to my commute. You've got people coming off and getting on the Parkway that don't know how to merge (could that have been the cause of this fight that happened on that road?), the pain in the butt jughandle to get on Rt 166 (and if you need to go right and you're stuck at the light behind someone who needs to get past the light for the jughandle, then it gets awkward really quickly), and a whole bunch of construction that likes to pop up from time to time!
GET RID OF THE JUG HANDLES!
Even though their purpose is to avoid accidents so people don't switch lanes at the last second (I had to look that one up, thanks Best of NJ) I think it makes this situation worse. If you have dedicated left hand turning lanes at the starred spots on my super professional map below, and make it so that drivers can only turn left during a green arrow, that would free the right lane from traffic, allow them to turn right on red when possible, and like everyone wins. (Disclaimer: I do not know if that would make everyone or anyone win, because again, I am not a road planner). Plus I'm thinking it would get rid of some of the backup that spills out onto Main St. and Lakewood Rd.
What do you think? Is this a good idea, or am I just plain crazy! (Go easy on me) and let me know!