Traffic Circulation, Tunnel Access to Remain Same During P.O. Construction

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During the projected 12 months of construction of the new Clarus Maplewood project at the Maplewood Post Office site, traffic circulation in Ricalton Square and pedestrian tunnel access will be maintained, according to Maplewood officials.

While there may be intermittent closures to allow for truck traffic and deliveries, town officials said that there will be no significant change in traffic patterns. The Ricalton Square entry from Maplewood Avenue will be open and one-way circulation will be maintained. And the pedestrian underpass near the construction site will remain open throughout construction.

In addition, the Maplewood Construction Mitigation Committee, in partnership with the Maplewood Village Alliance, today released an updated parking map for Maplewood Village in anticipation of the start of demolition of the old Post Office building in the coming weeks.

During the demolition and construction, there will be some reduction in parking around the construction site.

In a phone conversation, Maplewood Village Alliance Director Julie Doran explained that “the only parking spaces that would be lost during the construction are those immediately adjacent to the site on the north and the south.” This includes parking spaces to the right and the left as drivers pull into Ricalton Square.

However, Doran noted that spaces would come back online as the project progresses: “The maximum number of spaces will be lost at the beginning of construction,” said Doran, but as the project moves forward “more spaces will be given back.” The town, through the Construction Mitigation Committee and Village Alliance, will issue continuous updates on available parking.

“We are working closely with the Township and the Construction Mitigation Committee to ensure that residents, shop owners and employees and visitors know where they can find free parking,” said Doran. “Maplewood will be open and ready for business throughout the construction.”

Doran explained that during evening and weekend hours the NJ Transit parking areas and Dunnell Road on-street parking is often available. Also, on-street parking on Woodland Road between Durand Road and Jefferson Avenue is allowed and often available.

All parking restrictions do remain in place, however, and she encouraged drivers to refer to the posted parking signs – commuter restrictions and time limits remain in place.

New parking maps will be available in shops throughout the village and online at

For construction updates and information visit the Township Webpage and sign up for email alerts and follow on social media: www.twp.maplewoood.

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