BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Plans to slow traffic and improve safety at the busy intersection of Spring Valley Boulevard and Acken Road are scheduled to be publicly presented by the township engineering department at this Tuesday's Township Committee meeting, scheduled for 8 p.m.

The plans for the "traffic calming" project - which call for speed humps on Spring Valley Boulevard, a reduction in the speed limit, and switching the stop sign to Acken Road, while removing the stop on Spring Valley - already are posted on the township website.

The presentation is one of the first items on Tuesday night's agenda for the regularly scheduled Township Committee meeting, to be held in the main meeting room at the municipal building at 1 Collyer Lane in downtown Basking Ridge.

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Tuesday's agenda also calls for the oath of office for three Bernards Township police officers who are receiving promotions.

According to the plans for the traffic calming project posted on the township website, the posted speed limit on Spring Valley Boulevard, which runs through the area of Spring Ridge and other townhouse developments, would be lowered from 35 m.p.h. to 30 m.p.h. Speed humps would be installed, along with traffic stripes to indicate shoulders, bike lanes, and the speed humps. 

However, the plans call for the stop signs now on the intersection for Spring Valley to be removed. Stop signs would instead be placed on Acken Road, a more minor road, at the intersection. Plans also call for "stop signs ahead" signs to be placed on Acken Road.

Improving sight distances and nighttime lighting at the intersection are other goals of the project, according to the online plans. The traffic signs on Spring Valley Boulevard would have flashing solar beacons, the plans say.