Bill Would Ban New Jughandles
By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. February 1, 2013
A New Jersey lawmaker wants to ban building new jughandles in the Garden State.
Senator Jim Holzapfel has been trying for years to stop construction of jughandles.
He says it’s better to have broader lanes for traffic to make left turns at intersections.
“Technology has reached a point where the traffic control devices are such that they can permit cars to maneuver through an intersection without the necessity of going and condemning and purchasing all kind of land to put in jughandles.”
State Transportation Department spokesman Joe Dee says jughandles are an accepted engineering design, and the state will continue to use them.
“Sometimes they are the most appropriate way to safely get people access to cross streets. You’re getting that traffic that’s stacking to make the left turn off the highway, off the main line.”
While he’ not sure exactly how many of them there are, Dee says jughandles in New Jersey date back to the 1930s or 40s, and they’re in use all around the state.