TURNPIKE WIDENING FOES
TAKE THEIR CASE TO COURT
The Star-Ledger, August 21, 1971
The Concerned Citizens of
New Brunswick yesterday filed suit in Superior Court in New Brunswick
to contest the planned $125 million expansion of the New Jersey Turnpike.
The 42-member group asked Judge David
Furnan for termporary restraining order, preventing the New Jersey Turnpike
Authority from carrying out any further site work or condemnation proceedings
for the land.
Judge Furman is due to hear the plea for
the restraining order on Monday afternoon.
The suit contends the Authority's plan
to widen the Turnpike from six to 12 lanes in Middlesex County would
create serious noise and air pollution.
Present plans call for 6.1 miles of widening
from Edison to New Brunswick. The number nine Interchange in New Brunswick
would also be reconstructed and a bridge would be built over Lawrence
The suit claims the Authority has not
held public hearings on the plans. It also contends the Authority's
power to condemn land for its use is limited and that its plans should
be submitted to the State Legislature.
The group has been fighting the plans
since they were made public in April. It met twice with Gov. William
T. Cahill in June. However, on June 29, the governor told them the expansion
would proceed on schedule.
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