The Star-Ledger, January 29, 1972
By James Ladeda
The Concerned Citizens of East Brunswick
and the New Jersey Turnpike Authority yesterday reached an agreement
in their year-old dispute over the proposed widening of the turnpike
in East Brunswick.
A spokesman for Concerned Citizens, a
group of several hundred homeowners, called the pact a "whole new ball
of wax" for the authority in its dealings with homeowners over the expansion
plans. The group has been opposed to the widening for environmental
Under the Agreement, reached after a 24-hour
bargaining session in Lexington, Mass., the citizens will drop their
federal suit to halt the widening.
The meeting was held at the Massachusetts
offices of environmental experts representing the Turnpike Authority.
The citizens also agreed to drop their
Superior Court suit in Middlesex County. A trial on that suit was to
have begun March 13 before Judge David Furman, who yesterday signed
the pact between the two sides.
In return for dropping the suit, according
to the citizens' spokesman Jerry O'Sullivan, the authority has agreed
to allow inspection for noise and air pollution violations by an environmental
expert representing the citizens' group.
The authority also agreed, O'Sullivan
said, to conform to a set of air and noise pollution standards to be
set up by experts from both sides. The standards are to be devised within
the next four months and implemented by six months after the widening
from Edison to East Brunswick is completed.
The authority also agreed to build an
earthen "collar" about 50 feet high around the two-mile loop that will
form the new Interchange 9 in East Brunswick, to cut down noise and
These agreements were added to separate agreements
reached with individual homeowners, O'Sullivan said.
The authority reportedly refused to make
environmental concessions on stretches of the road not involved in the
However, it agreed to set up two experimental
noise and air pollution testing stations along the non-widened section
of Turnpike in the township, to be manned by the citizen group's environmental
expert, Michael Hogan.
According to O'Sullivan, the terms of
the agreement insure that "there will be less noise and air pollution
with l2 lanes than we have with the current six in the area."
The agreement was read at a meeting last
night in East Brunswick attended by 50 members of the citizens group.
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