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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.
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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