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Posted on: August 1, 2022

Forest Way and The American Road Update

Township of Hanover

As you are aware, a new traffic pattern was initiated last week to prohibit the flow of traffic from The American Road in Morris Plains onto Forest Way. The decision to institute the new pattern was not done capriciously and without taking into consideration the impact it would have on the many residents of Trailwood, Countrywood and the Cedar Knolls Section of the Township. A great deal of time and effort was spent over the past three years evaluating the potential impact of The American Road development and its effect on our community. When completed, the housing development on The American Road will have over 275 residencies similar in scope to overall Trailwood, and an estimated 450 vehicles. The Township conducted a comprehensive  effort including a thorough strategic  assessment of the following:

  • Impact assessment to the overall road system in Trailwood, Countrywood and Cedar Knolls areas. Note – this is far more than a Forest Way issue.
  • Analysis of traffic information by our Police Department.
  • Evaluation by our Township traffic engineer.
  • Surveys to those residents in the affected areas. Note- results from the survey indicated that the majority stated that they wanted the Forest to American intersection completely closed.
  • Several public information sharing meetings where we discussed the situation,  presented information and listened to our neighbors’ comment both for and against a potential change.
  • Enlisted a professional traffic engineering firm to conduct a comprehensive impact study evaluating the potential impact to the greater Trailwood and Cedar Knolls areas. Report indicated the optimal solution would be to prevent inbound traffic to the community from  The American Road.
  • Incorporation of facts dealing with expected increase in County population estimated to be approaching twenty percent driven by Round Three of the NJ State affordable housing mandate.
  • Meetings with our public safety departments fire, ems and police and school transportation

The consensus of the Township Committee, after an evaluation of all of the above, was to alter the traffic flow. The decision was to make these changes correspond with the opening of the complex to allow traffic out onto American Rd but to prevent inbound traffic onto Forest Way. The Township recognizes that this will pose an inconvenience to the traveling public but at the same time will improve traffic safety throughout the overall Trailwood and Cedar Knolls areas.

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