The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) and Governor Christie have maintained, since it was first announced, that the 12.5 mile Route 35 rebuild project in Ocean County would follow NJDOT’s award–winning Complete Streets policy. Unfortunately, when asked how cyclists would be accommodated into the project, NJDOT has been elusive. While NJDOT recently launched a website dedicated to the project that provides maps and plans and proposed improvements, advocates remain concerned about the lack of Complete Streets designs in the project.
That’s because, according to the site, there are no plans to include dedicated bike lanes anywhere long the 12.5 mile corridor, and some areas currently without sidewalks will remain that way.
Using the new web application Streetmix, Tri-State decided to have a little fun and re-imagine a few of NJDOT’s Route 35 cross-sections into a truly “complete” street.
A cross-section of NJDOT’s plan for Route 35 Southbound in Toms River, Lavallette and Brick. Note the lack of sidewalks and dedicated bicycle facilities. | Image: NJDOT
Tri-State’s Complete Street design: Route 35 Southbound in Toms River, Lavallette and Brick, reimagined with sidewalks and a buffered bike lane. Vehicle travel lanes were also narrowed slightly.
NJDOT’s proposal for Route 35 in Mantoloking and Bay Head proposes 10-foot travel lanes and “shoulders,” which are eight feet wide at their narrowest points. | Image: NJDOT
Tri-State’s Complete Street design: Route 35 in Mantoloking and Bay Head, with buffered bike lanes.
Now it’s your turn. We invite you to try other ways to redesign Route 35 incorporating Complete Streets on these and other cross-sections put forth by NJDOT. Let us know what you come up with, and remember to only use the existing right-of-way (don’t make streets any wider than they are currently). Share your designs via Twitter @Tri_State or on Tri-State’s Facebook page .