Greenwood Lake Turnpike Improvements – Ringwood NJ

Description

34 federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) workers conducted a safety improvement project in Ringwood, New Jersey on what was then known as Midvale-Greenwood Lake Road (believed by Living New Deal to believe Greenwood Lake Turnpike). The dangerous stretch of road involved a 1,500-foot curve running along the north edge of the Wanaque Reservoir.

Source notes

"The Dawn," a New Jersey WPA publication; October 1936 issue, page 25. Found at the Jersey City Public Library's New Jersey Room.

"Hazardous Curve Being Eliminated"; Bergen Herald, E. Paterson, NJ, Sept. 3, 1936.

Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on January 13, 2015.

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Location Info


Greenwood Lake Turnpike
Ringwood, NJ

Coordinates: 41.105419, -74.263150

2 comments on “Greenwood Lake Turnpike Improvements – Ringwood NJ

  1. My parents grew up on Greenwood Lake, and even though we moved we still go up all the time. We owned a boat that we’d take out all the time, and we would invite all our family over and have a barbecue on the grills they have there. Me and my cousins/ siblings would play volleyball too. And every year on the Fourth of July we’d go up and take out boat as close as we can and watch it, it’s always a great experience. Highly recommended place.

  2. “…Ringwood, New Jersey on what was then known as Midvale-Greenwood Lake Road (believed by Living New Deal to believe [sic] Greenwood Lake Turnpike). The dangerous stretch of road involved a 1,500-foot curve running along the north edge of the Wanaque Reservoir.”

    The 1914 Sanborn map of Midvale-Wanaque names that roadway as the “Midvale & Greenwood Lake Turnpike”.

    http://libweb5.princeton.edu/visual_materials/maps/sanborn/passaic/midvale.html

    A comparison with Google Maps reveals this to be Ringwood Avenue today. Ringwood Ave continues to that area (just after Westbrook Road) as Greenwood Lake Turnpike.

    Google Maps show the same “hazardous curve” as your map: https://goo.gl/maps/VM8iiVQNf9B56p4K7

    You’re not inaccurate, but I thought you might appreciate a little more information.

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