BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Somerset County has been awarded federal funding through the Local Safety Program to implement safety measures along Promenade Boulevard, County Route 685 in Bridgewater.
According to a release from the county, the goal of the project is to reduce right-angle crashes, while improving pedestrian safety and access along the corridor.
Construction is scheduled to begin Monday, and road signs will be posted to alert residents and motorists to the construction. The project, the release said, is expected to be finished in about four months, and Promenade Boulevard will remain open during construction.
A travel lane in both directions will be maintained at all times, the release said.
According to the release, there has been an analysis of the types of collisions along Promenade Boulevard between 2008 and 2010, and it showed they were mostly right-angle crashes. In order to reduce the number of crashes, Promenade Boulevard will be reconfigured for a "Road Diet."
This means that the current four-lane roadway will be converted to two through lanes and a center two-way left turn lane. Construction, the release said, will include the removal of medians at driveway intersections, repaving and restriping.
There is an expectation of reducing crashes by about 29 percent.
In order to improve pedestrian access between Bound Brook and Promenade Boulevard, a sidewalk will be constructed on the north side of East Main Street. According to the release, installing an ADA-compliant sidewalk will require the removal of the dedicated right turn lane at the intersection of East Main Street and Promenade Boulevard.
Other design changes, the release said, will include the installation of ADA-compatible sidewalk ramps, mid-block crossings with medians and a bicycle-compatible shoulder along Promenade Boulevard. When construction is done, the release said, pedestrians will have safer access to commercial sites, and it will support game day crowds crossing Main Street at TD Bank Ballpark.
The project was awarded to Topline Construction, and it will begin with the removal of the right turn lane and installation of new sidewalks along East Main Street across from the ballpark. Work will then move to Promenade Boulevard, and paving will be done between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., with striping to follow.