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Proposed NJ 14
NJ 14, or 14-F as referred to in the only known source of information (-F was commonly used by NJDOT to denote freeway proposals), was intended to connect westward from a new Hudson River crossing to NJ 23 in Butler, just north of where I-287 now runs. It would have approximately followed CR 502, crossed the new bridge, and connected to the stub end of the Cross County Parkway in New York. As you will read shortly, this was never a top priority of NJDOT, and the numerous wealthy communities along the proposed path through Bergen County were successful in killing the proposal. It is possible that part of the proposed route would have used the same right of way as I-287 between mileposts 56 and 60, including swallowing the westernmost piece of NJ 208. The article, which comes to me courtesy Dave Wisneski:
Thursday, May 22, 1969
Proposed Route 14-F Will Link At Kiel Avenue, State Discloses
BUTLER--Construction of another major highway through part of Butler by the state is planned in the very near future.
The state calls it Route 14-F and it would have its terminus at Route 23 just above Kiel Avenue.
The road would cut through the northern part of Butler and traverse some 25 miles to Alpine in Bergen County. The state gives the project a "number 2 priority" and says it is necessary to help ease traffic off the George Washington Bridge.
According to the state, both decks of the Washington Bridge will reach their traffic saturation point by 1972. The state sees similar problems at the Tappan Zee Bridge. It is proposing construction of a new bridge across the Hudson River to be located between the Tappan Zee and GWB.
Proposed Route 14-F will be the link from Butler to the new bridge, the state says.
Where would Route 14-F go after it terminates at a new proposed Kiel Avenue and Route 23 interchange?
Present state maps don't show any extension of the road although some say it would eventually be extended out towards the Tick's Island section of the Delaware River.
Councilman Robert Predmore and Mayor Roger Struble see all the road proposals of the state as leading to one end . . . "construction of an international jetport," Predmore says. In his opinion, the jetport will be built in the Pine Island section of New York. "There has been a lot of land buying activity there of late," Predmore said.
Struble says Pine Island is a possibility while not ruling out Bowling Green in Jefferson and Bearfort in West Milford.
The proposals for Route 14-F are contained in the state's highway master plan.
An interesting historical footnote is that around this time, the widening of NJ 23 through this area was first being discussed. NJ 23 was a four-lane undivided road from the US 46 circle northward, with plans to widen it to six divided lanes. It was originally planned as an Interstate before reverting to a state freeway, and still there were problems (as the article will show). Of course, eventually the state won, and NJ 23 is now dualized through Passaic County. The article, on the same front page as Route 14:
BUTLER--The Borough Council adopted a resolution Tuesday evening opposing the State Department of Transportation's three plans to widen Route 23.
Mayor Roger Struble disclosed if any of the state's plans are put into effect, the community stands to lose about $1 million in existing tax ratables on the highway, about $300,000 in unused land ratables and another $700,000 in tax ratables of buildings started or proposals before the Planning Board.
"We must fight the state on this," said Struble, as Councilman Robert Predmore and others urged Butler unite with Kinnelon, Riverdale, and Pequannock in a joint stand of opposition.
Struble said Butler can make its opposition known to the state "and also its plans to fight." The motion to oppose the state's plans was made by Councilman Fred Ricker. "We should oppose all three plans," he said. His colleagues agreed.
It was pointed out if the borough doesn't agree to any one of the plans the state will select the one it likes.
According to a report of the Board of Assessors, the loss of ratables would be high as all of the buildings on the north side of the highway would be doomed under any of the three plans approved.
Some typical assessments of property involved are: Shotmeyer service station, $17,700; Monahans Paint Co., $29,450; Hal Hugh, house and apartment, $28,450; Fitzpatricks, two buildings, $35,XXX [obscured]; Van Zile and Vera Store, $29,500; Hugh J. Strong Associates, $41,400; Rickee's gas station, $35,000; McCall's business, $60,000; Meade property, $24,700; some Stonybrook land, $13,300; Turpan property, $114,500 and Goodies, $44,450.
Dennis Frey, planning consultant and borough engineer, said the town can expect other losses if the state gobbles up valuable unused business and commercial property along the highway.
Mayor Struble said the council isn't against progress "but we can't afford to take a tax beating like this."
In addition to tax losses along the north side, most of the buildings presently in the Kiel and Boonton Avenue sections would be eliminated through construction of jug handles and large interchanges.
Mayor Struble wants the state to make early disclosures of its plans to hold public hearings on the widening of the road. He said they should be held locally and during the evenings and not during the afternoon when attendance would be severely limited.
Butler would be the hardest hit under all three plans although they would also wipe out the present Riverdale Circle ratables and some tax dollars in Pompton Plains.
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NJ 14 on Steve Anderson's nycroads.com
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