Essex County, NJ – Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced that Essex County will receive $26.4 million in federal grants from the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority to make safety improvements at 39 intersections throughout Essex County. Bloomfield was among the towns listed to receive funding.  

The improvements to be made include extending curbs and installing refuge islands, where feasible, to shorten crossing distances for pedestrians; and the installation of leading pedestrian interval signals, which stop traffic in all directions to allow people to cross more safely.

In Bloomfield, the following intersections will be upgraded as part of this grant;

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Franklin Street and Newark Avenue, Bloomfield

Franklin Street and Garden State Parkway Northbound Ramp, Bloomfield

Franklin Street and Garden State Parkway Southbound Ramp, Bloomfield

Franklin Street and Municipal Plaza/Montgomery Street, Bloomfield

West Passaic Avenue and Broad Street, Bloomfield

West Passaic Avenue and East Passaic Avenue, Bloomfield

Broad Street and MacLeod Lane, Bloomfield (New Signal)

Belleville Avenue and State Street, Bloomfield

Belleville Avenue and Broad Street, Bloomfield

“This funding supports infrastructure improvements to enhance safety for motorists and particularly pedestrians. The intersections identified for upgrades are along some of our most heavily traveled corridors,” said Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., who is the County’s representative on the NJTPA Board of Trustees.

"Improving traffic safety for motorists and pedestrians in Bloomfield is something we are continually working on and this grant will greatly help us to tackle some problem intersections throughout town, Thanks to Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. and his administration for securing this grant," said Mayor Michael Venezia.