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PHOTOS: AT THE SCENE OF A 4-VEHICLE CRASH ON ROUTE 70, WHERE MORE DEVELOPMENT IS BEING PLANNED


Portions of Route 70 near New Hampshire Avenue, near the Lakewood/ Toms River border was shut down for multiple hours due to a 4-vehicle crash. As shown in the photos below, one vehicle came to a rest on top of another vehicle.








This corridor currently has ongoing construction for 130 duplex homes, an office building, a retail building, and a community shul.


Back in June 2023, just weeks after a teenager was fatally struck while crossing the intersection, as previously reported here on FAA News, the Planning Board approved a 24,000 sq feet building with 14 retail stores.


Subsequently, in July 2023, as previously reported here on FAA News, Yanky Lipshitz figured out how to get approvals for 118 families with no provisions for a shul or a playground.


Luckily, in October 2023, as previously reported here on FAA News, the Zoning Board said "no way" to squeezing in even more families to this property.


Also in October 2023, as previously reported here on FAA News, the Zoning Board gave a firm denial to Yanky Lipshitz's application for 28 homes plus basement apartments) on the north side of Route 70 between New Hampshire Avenue and Vermont Avenue.


At the same time, more development is in the works.


Back in August 2023, as previously reported here on FAA News, developers received an initial environmental approval for future development on the 9.37 acres property at the southwest corner of New Hampshire Avenue and Route 70.


And, back in July 2023, as previously reported here on FAA News, plans have been revived for a new residential housing development further down Route 70 near the Garden State Parkway exit ramp.


To add to this mix, as just recently reported here on FAA News, yet a new development is being planned for Locust Street.


To top things off, as previously reported here on FAA News, the Zoning Board remains embattled with litigation over their Covington Village denial.


With all this going on, after seeing today's major crash, area residents highlighted to FAA News the danger of permitting housing right off of Route 70. "This time the car did not move off the road, next many times we may not be so fortunate. It's high speeds on the highway and vehicles obviously get airborne," one area resident told FAA News.


Township officials have remained silent as to reviewing the zoning ordinances for this corridor.


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