BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ After receiving no takers the first time, the township is again seeking contractor's bids to install speed bumps and construct other "traffic calming" measures at the intersection of Canterbury Way, which crosses Minebrook Road and Somerville Road extension.
The township already has put the project out to bid again, Township Engineer Tom Timko said in an email on Monday. Last week, Timko told the Township Committee that no bids had been received the first time the project was advertised.
The plan is to install speed bumps on one side of the road in all directions, Timko said in describing the proposal, which has been under discussion for several months. The intersection has been the site of many crashes, often blamed on both speeding vehicles and inattentive drivers.
Additionally, a small island, measuring three feet wide by 100 feet wide, is envisioned for Minebrook Road Timko said said. The speed limit, already 25 m.p.h. on Canterbury, will be reduced from 35 m.p.h.on the other roadways, Timko said last week.
The speed bumps are only being installed on one side of each road so that ambulances can use the other side if answering a call, he said.
Timko said at the meeting that no bids may have been received because this is a busy time of year for road construction, and that the job is relatively small project. However, he declined to specify the budgeted amount.
Earlier this year, township officials said stop signs already had been placed in crosswalks at the accident-prone intersection. Flashing red beacon lights were also due to be installed on stop signs already located on Canterbury, which now is the stop street that crosses the through streets of Minebrook and Somerville Road extension, officials said at a Township Committee meeting earlier this year.