Question of the Week: What are the Worst Intersections in Ridgewood?

Our vote is Broad and East Ridgewood, what's yours?

Enjoy merging from the ramp on Rt. 17 to Linwood during rush hour? Fancy the odd setup at Maple where cars turning left from Franklin are confronted with cars from the opposite side of Maple turning left as well at the same time? Ever try to make a left onto Goffle in rush hour? How about Ackerman onto Godwin?

Our favorite? East Ridgewood and Broad Street.

Well, what do you think of the worst intersections in the village? And what would you do to improve these spots? Let us know in the comments!

Michael June 13, 2011 at 11:24 AM
East Ridgewood Avenue and Irving. I avoid it at time like the plague. When trying to cross ERA from either direction, drivers coming into town are numerous - the drivers heading westbound see it as a 45mph zone. Police could make 5k a day with a speed trap at that intersection alone.
John Hahn June 13, 2011 at 11:43 AM
I agree Irving at ERA is a pain to cross. The solution is is heading south on Irving, turn Right (W) onto ERA then LEFT onto liberty. a block down. My least favorite intersection(s) Godwin at Lincoln Ave, S. Monroe, & Ackerman. It is a avoid at all costs at rush hours. I use other nearby streets to avoid this mess. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. I also avoid Maple heading south from library to Franklin. At rush hour it is a 2 or 3 light back up.
Chris Cortazzo June 13, 2011 at 04:24 PM
Franklin and Maple is the worst, when I'm not driving to or from work I like to keep my car parked and walk to where I need to go in Town.
Boyd A. Loving June 13, 2011 at 04:58 PM
East Ridgewood Avenue and Cottage Place. Good luck trying to make a left turn from Cottage onto East Ridgewood!
Dominick Nizza June 13, 2011 at 09:33 PM
How true Boyd, it's OK only in the early morning going to Stop and Shop otherwise turn right and start all over again.
Kiko Arase June 13, 2011 at 10:51 PM
The light on Franklin heading west (near the medical building) is notoriously short when it's green (and notoriously long when it's red). This causes people to barrel down Franklin from N. Irving in an effort to make that light. If they do make it, they are faced with the southbound Maple traffic heading right into them when they try to make the left back onto Franklin.
Kiko Arase June 13, 2011 at 10:51 PM
My other choice would be the corner of N. Van Dien and Glen when BFMS and Travell are coming/going. You take your chances there!
Melvin Freedenberg June 13, 2011 at 11:22 PM
Make Somerville Rd. a one way street going in the direction of Spring to E. Ridgewood Ave. The street is much too narrow to have parking on both sides. The street is even much too narrow to have any parking, let alone on both sides. The intersection of S. Walnut with E. Ridgewood Avenue by the Post Office is a driver's nighmare. I dare you to drive from the South side of S. Walnut across to the Post Office side of Walnut. An easy solution could be accomplished with a "Right Turn Only" sign where the new make your own pizza place is.
John Hahn June 13, 2011 at 11:35 PM
I agree with Melvin: "Make Somerville Rd. a one way street going in the direction of Spring to E. Ridgewood Ave. One-Way. Spring to E Ridgewood. is a smart idea. Right turn only on s Walnut at E Ridgewood SE corner would make (3) streets RIGHT turn only. Prospect is Right Turn Only - Oak St. by W of vaneste sq. park, is right turn only. That would put great traffic pressure on S Broad and S maple at E Ridgewood Ave. I like to read all these suggestions. Keep them coming.


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