Thursday, October 30, 2014
NJTPA AWARDS UNION COUNTY $784,490 FOR STREET INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTS ALONG BUSY CORRIDOR ON WEST SEVENTH IN
The three intersections slated for an overhaul include
West Seventh Street
and Central Avenues. The upgrades are aimed at improving driver and pedestrian
safety, alleviating accidents, and improving traffic flow. Construction is
expected to begin by the summer of 2015. Plainfield
Union County Freeholder Angel G. Estrada, who also serves as the second Vice Chairman of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, thanked the County’s Engineering Division for putting together the award-winning grant submission and noted the improvements are “much needed” to ensure a productive and safe flow of traffic in the westward Plainfield region of Union County.
“This roadway services important institutions such as the Muhlenberg Campus of the
the Plainfield Boys Club, numerous businesses, churches and residences,”
Estrada said. “It’s a heavily traveled area with plenty of pedestrians and
drivers that will benefit from these safety improvements.” JFK
Assemblyman Gerald Green (D-22), who also supported and urged the improvements, agreed.
“Besides protecting our residents, this investment will also improve the flow of commerce and commuter traffic in an area that is economically important for jobs and health services,” Green said. “This is a win-win situation for
Plainfield and as a whole.” Union
Freeholder Linda Carter, a resident of
joined Green and Estrada in hailing the news of funding for the project. Plainfield
“Providing safer intersections has a positive effect that will also positively impact a number of economic and quality of life factors, as pedestrians will be able to get to work, visit their church, get home quicker or to the business they may be shopping or using,” Carter said. “
The improvements will include new traffic signal equipment consisting of 12” LED signals; vehicle image detection, traffic signal controllers and cabinets, battery back-up power, traffic signal poles and mast arms with mounted street name signs, LED pedestrian countdown signals and push buttons.
Also included will be new pavement markings, regulatory and warning signs, high visibility crosswalks, construction of
compliant handicapped ramps including
detectable warning surfaces and NJDEP compliant storm water management upgrades. ADA