Residents For Traffic Safety (RFTS) will hold a public forum enabling residents to share their concerns about the impact of the proposed Stop & Shop supermarket development at the former Saks Fifth Avenue site on Millburn Avenue.
RFTS has been at the forefront of concerned residents who believe that the current traffic plan, calling for all cars to enter the site opposite Baltusrol Way and all trucks to enter and leave opposite Glenwood Avenue, presents a major threat to public safety and quality of life in Millburn and Springfield.
At the October 1 Millburn Zoning Board meeting, Stop & Shop’s traffic engineer testified that 6,150 cars would come to the supermarket each weekday. That would mean 61,500 vehicle movements entering and exiting the site from Millburn Avenue just during the week. Also, the traffic engineer said that there will be up to 180 tractor trailers and vendor trucks entering and exiting on Millburn Avenue Monday through Saturday.
RFTS set the forum so that the organization can hear directly from the public and also to explain the issues being discussed at township Zoning Board meetings. The organization provides news updates and other information about the proposed development at its website, www.residentsfortrafficsafety.org.
RFTS has been advocating for a comprehensive, independent traffic study to help assure that the interests, and in particular the quality of life, of the larger Millburn Township community be protected.
At the next Zoning Board meeting, set for Dec. 17, questioning by the Board’s traffic consultant and members of the public is anticipated.