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Engineer: Trinity Hall Wouldn't Cause Traffic Failure Conditions on Chapel Hill Road

The plans call for a 75-foot left-turn lane and widening of the road, according to reports.

Trinity Hall traffic engineers returned to the Middletown Township Planning Board last Wednesday with a revised traffic plan for campus proposed at 320 Chapel Hill Road.

The plan calls for widening a section of Chapel Hill Road from 22 feet to 36 feet and adding a 75-foot-long left-turn lane along the road, according to an APP.com report.

Engineers said a second traffic study showed the road would not reach failure conditions on Chapel Hill Road, the report said.

The all-girls school currently occupies space at Croydon Hall but is looking to expand onto 64 acres near Kings Highway East. Some 37.75 acres of the property would be developed.

Under the new plan, the school increased the number of proposed parking spots to 329 from 229 because of neighbors' concerns of on-street parking, according to app.com.

The complex requires preliminary and final major site plan approval by the planning board. The hearing will continue on March 19.

This article contains earlier reporting by Gregory Kyriakakis.
El Patron February 24, 2014 at 09:54 AM
'Some 37.75 acres would be developed.' What are the plans for the remaining 26? Chapel Hill Rd. is one of the sketchiest roads in Middletown. In its current condition, the road in its entirety needs to be resurfaced and widened esp. near creek overpass. One can only hope that planning does the right thing here unlike 'Eyesore Estates Phase I' located next to whole foods.
commonman February 24, 2014 at 10:27 AM
sounds like a fine and easy solution... traffic problem solved whats next to fix so the locals can go back to their farms
El Patron February 24, 2014 at 10:56 AM
I don't think it will solve any traffic problems, but if they're going to build anything, at least make the road safer and passable and perhaps lower the speed limit. 75' ain't gonna cut it.
El Patron February 24, 2014 at 11:51 AM
Also, I wouldn't put a lot of trust and faith in a traffic study performed by a company hired by a developer as being unbiased.
commonman February 24, 2014 at 02:38 PM
have you people ever driven past nut swamp and thompson schools they r directly across the street from each other on a pretty important intersection for that6 part of town with a highschool less than .5 mile away there is traffic for extra 10 mins in the morn and 10 at pick up and its a NON EVENT and every road that has schools has reduced speed limit in front of the school dont you notice that when you drive past a school???
commonman February 24, 2014 at 02:41 PM
for the record its 25MPH in any school zone in NJ
El Patron February 24, 2014 at 02:53 PM
Apples to oranges. Middletown Lincroft Rd and Nut swamp are both considerably wider roads. Beyond that, can you explain to me the benefits of the school in terms of revenue generated/ impact on the infrastructure vs. a dozen or so residential homes?
commonman February 24, 2014 at 03:21 PM
The roads maybe slightly wider but still single lanes. Evn though the school will not pay taxes it will raise the property value for all of middletown esp. the neighborhoods closest to it any prestigous will. Which will in turn make Middletown a more desirable place to live which will continue to lift the whole town. When people are looking for a place to live (familys) the NUMBER 1 concern is schools. Better schools better quality of people will look to move here. 12 houses in a town that is way too much housing and does next nothing for revenue and assume each house has 3 kids net loser for the towns overburdened schools. Cost 15k a year to send a kid to school assume the taxes on those homes are 18-20k And I am sure the campus when done will be beautiful and a source of pride for the locals with in a few years.
commonman February 24, 2014 at 03:28 PM
Sometimes you have to look past ur little neighborhood and see whats best for the whole town remember a rising tide lift all boats. Same for the older people who complain their high taxes go to the schools and their kids are gone the number 1 factor for property values are good schools everyone benefits. I would LOVE for this school to be built at Bam Hollow golf course instead of the dozens or more houses that will be put there. be right in my backyard and would be great. Shame the golf course left another negative for the town people want these amenities when moving to a town good schools parks recreation...houses they can find anywhere
El Patron February 24, 2014 at 03:31 PM
From what I can tell, the school hasn't even come close to establishing itself as 'prestigious' other than in written word. What happens if the developers run out of money, not like it hasn't happened before.
El Patron February 24, 2014 at 03:37 PM
Since you seem to be in the know, any idea on what's the plan for the remaining acreage?
commonman February 24, 2014 at 03:48 PM
thats a concern i guess for anything and supposed to left undeveloped
Public&privatesector February 24, 2014 at 05:53 PM
I see no difference when all the New York transplants caused more traffic and congestion as they slowly took over the middletown area! What goes around comes around!
El Patron February 24, 2014 at 07:51 PM
'Concrete and paint it green' is their mantra. I feel like a stranger in a strange land.
louisemyrealtor February 26, 2014 at 03:49 PM
I've been following the events of this school in MIddletown. I Live in Marlboro - actually, Morganville - where my town wants to place all of the coah housing (1673 units) in a tiny section where the roads are beyond congested! We have traffic studies that show a rating of "F" NOW! What will happen when all the development is built on a few country (one lane) roads??? I feel for all of you in Middletown and hope it all gets resolved.. My prayers go out to all of you... and remember, don't blame each other and hate each other - that's what the town wants - to 'pit' one part of town against the other.. when the stronger 'voice' usually wins out... remember, you are all in this together... keep the peace and stay strong..."Jersey Strong".... LOL.... Louise C. of Morganville...
J Bas February 27, 2014 at 10:49 AM
Oh sure 300 extra cars on Chapel Hill Road won't effect travel times negatively during the morning rush at the light on Route 35. And the back "emergency" entrance won't suddenly start being used to circumvent the traffic on Chapel Hill Road. Please take your self financed engineering study and go away. The people of this area don't want your Elitist School in this quiet residential and rural neighborhood.
commonman February 27, 2014 at 05:02 PM
Rural???? U live feet from route 35 a state highway the major commercial corridor in town btw there is nothing rural about Middletown . And I think an elitest school would be a perfect fit for an elitest neighborhood
J Bas February 27, 2014 at 09:51 PM
commonman: then put it in Rumson where the (founder)"founders" are from. Wouldn't want them slumming in Middletown, I hear they rarely venture to this side of the 35 Bridge anyway. The former Ms. Hall can build her legacy for her daughters there. Trinity Hall yeesh! The Diocese of Trenton didn't even give the thumbs up to this School in the "Catholic Tradition" and the founders thumbed there nose at them and went about starting this school anyway. As more people realize what's proposed to be built and it's impact there will be more voices against this elite private school. A school that will not be drawing students from the community in which it wishes to establish itself.
Jeff Andrews February 28, 2014 at 10:20 PM
I'm sure the well-to-do Chapel Hill protesters would be happy if the school were built in Belford or Port Monmouth, near those they deem beneath them, and not in their precious bucolic neighborhood. Pretty funny that they call the people from the school elitist. Middletown needs more private schools - the public schools are completely over crowded. This development is in the best interest of Middletown - I hope the Planning Board realizes that. Otherwise, they are likely going to waste our tax dollars losing another lawsuit.
El Patron February 28, 2014 at 11:01 PM
The answer to public school overcrowding is to build an all girls school and charge 17k a year? That's rich.

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