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Ridgewood Train Station Lot to Close for September Paving

Work to affect commuters Sept. 10-12, officials said.

Commuters are going to have to scramble for parking spots pretty early in the morning during three days in September. Scheduled paving work will shutter the and neighboring Wilsey Square lot, village officials said.

Contractor D&L Paving is scheduled to mill, pave and curb cut the parking lot of the train station and the Wilsey Square parking lot on Sept. 10, 11, 12. The paving will cost $79,000.

No vehicles will be allowed to enter either lot during those three days.

Those with can park all three days on any street or at any public lot for up to 12 hours, including at the Chestnut, Hudson and Walnut Street lots, according to the village. Those without passes must pay the pied piper (read: meter).

Many commuters are likely to leave their rides on East Ridgewood Avenue, and South Broad Street, exceeding the 2-hour parking maximums. Parking enforcement officers will be enforcing regulations.

The village considered numerous scheduled times for paving, including performing the work at night as well as the weekends, according to Assistant to the Village Manager Janet Fricke.

However, an upcharge of about $20,000 stopped that idea in its tracks, aside from logistical issues, officials said. Many commuters park their vehicles at 5 a.m. and don't return until 8 or 9 p.m.

Removing the vehicles from the lot would require towing before work commenced at night, putting the village and owner of the vehicle in quite an awkward position.

"No matter what, it's going to be an inconvience," Fricke said. "We're hoping people are patient as we work through it."

With about 1,600 riders taking trains each weekday, Ridgewood is Bergen County's busiest station.

Paul September 03, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Joe, Anytime you whan to come to my house and say that to my face since you know were I live stop by ay day of the week!! Please do, since I do not know you!! Maybe I can help you to stop badmouthing me everytime I log in maybe not still I would Like to meet you face to face O.K. Old man chicken Sh.t . Or else find a new Target on the Ridgewood Patch!!!
Elizabeth Cox September 03, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Can the rwd commuters ask GR if the can use there lots for 3 days without being charged- just a thought-
Harlan Consider September 04, 2012 at 01:05 AM
GR parking lot is full on a daily basis, so I can't see that working.
JAFO September 04, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Again, does the train leave you at your office doorstop? If you can find the strength to walk from the train to your office, I'm sure you can find the strength to walk the few extra blocks in the AM to the RW train station.
Bill Grae September 04, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Government is supposed to provide services to the community and anticipate community concerns, not act with disingenuous disregard for legitimate concerns of taxpayers. The "alternatives" offered by Ridgewood Village Hall all unnecessarily add anywhere from 30-40 minutes to the morning commute and disrupt a status quo that is already conspicuously unreliable due to the manifest incompetence of New Jersey Transit and PATH operators. Yet you suggest that I'm somehow being lazy or a prima donna because I am unwilling to accommodate Ridgewood's need to do properly what Ridgewood's contractors failed to accomplish a few short years ago, namely, pave the commuter parking lot. You further overlook that the public announcement was made roughly three (3) weeks before the planned disruption - yet the village clearly had this planned for a much longer period of time. I walk from the PATH to a building slightly sought of Bowling Green to get to work. That's more than enough hiking for me, thank you, particularly since every minute counts in the morning. Dumping riders who ordinarily commute by train on to the 163 or 164 bus is going to create utterly horrific over-crowding on a vehicle that is already grossly uncomfortable for anyone over 5'10" - which I exceed. As for the Glen Rock suggestion - uh, Harlan nailed it. Sorry to disrupt the Stepfordian norm, but this situation is just moronic.


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