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Legislators In NJ Seeking To Ban Construction Of Any New ‘Jughandles’

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — They might have been a good idea in the 1950s and 60s, but a New Jersey lawmaker says any new ones should be banned.

A legislative committee is considering a proposal Monday to prohibit the construction of any new traffic jughandles in New Jersey.

Ocean County Republican James Holzapfel has been trying since 2003 to get a ban considered by the Legislature. He says the “Jersey left” can cause rush-hour nightmares. He also says it takes up too much land.

New Jersey has hundreds of jughandles that provide indirect left turns. The state doesn’t know exactly how many or when the first one was built.

Traffic experts say jughandles have their advantages, and the state transportation department says direct left-hand turn lanes can cause backups.

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