|Follow the story of East Brunswick's resistance
to a Turnpike widening project through these transcribed newspaper
articles from 1971 and 1972. It becomes readily apparent that twenty
years after the Turnpike opened, attitudes about road construction
had changed. In East Brunswick, residents responded to the Authority's
widening plan with concerns over noise and air pollution, traffic
congestion, and perpetual expansion. Some banded together to form
the CCEB (Concerned Citizens of East Brunswick). After a series of
legal battles, the CCEB agreed to drop the lawsuits it had brought
against the Authority if the Authority agreed to monitor pollution
levels along the seven-mile area as well as erect an earthen barrier
to muffle traffic sounds. These concessions became the rule in later
PIKE WIDENING FOES WIN
A TEMPORARY ROADBLOCK
The Star-Ledger, September 3, 1971
By James Ladeda
A Superior Court judge in New Brunswick
yesterday called a temporary halt to the expansion of the New Jersey
Turnpike in at least part of Middlesex County.
A spokesman for the Turnpike Authority
said it would appeal the decision.
Leonard Weinglass, an attorney for the
plaintiffs, said it was the first time a New Jersey court had stopped
an approved construction project in the Turnpike's 20-year history.
Judge David Furman, in a meeting in his
chambers, ordered the halt until at least Sept. 22 to give the Concerned
Citizens of East Brunswick time to appeal to the State Department of
They want a public hearing in order to
be able to present evidence of possible environmental damage to their
neighborhood along the Lawrence Brook near the New Brunswick city line.
In the event that a hearing has not been
granted by that time, Furman said, he will consider an application for
an extension of the temporary restraining order.
The order will certainly affect the neighborhood
of the Concerned Citizens and may block the entire expansion, scheduled
to run from Edison to New Brunswick.
The Concerned Citizens in their suit had
asked for a halt to the entire project. But whether Furman's decision
will do this won't be known until he issues the formal, written order.
This could come today.
© 1971. The Star-Ledger. All rights reserved. Posted
with permission of The Star-Ledger.
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