EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -  The East Brunswick Township Council committed to spending more than $6.5 million Monday night to improving the condition of local roads and intersections at its meeting at the Municipal Center. 

Funds drawn from various township and county resources have been committed to capital improvements, including the upgrading of surfaces and the improvement of safety within the township, a good deal of which could occur before the upcoming winter season impedes construction.

"We have 180 miles of roads in East Brunswick," said Mayor Brad Cohen. "We can't just do two miles a year. None of us will ever see the work completed at that rate."

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Funds to support "Various Redevelopment Projects" were also committed at a first reading of an ordinance addressing the Redevelopment Zone - Route 18 South between the New Jersey Turnpike and Ferris Street. The zone contains many unoccupied properties and has been the site of growing concern in the township for many years. However, some properties remain vital and may be sacrificed to the Redevelopment Agency through the use of eminent domain, according to the report issued by Banisch Associates in July, 2017.  A more inclusive description of the expenditure document and the initial rollout of the Redevelopment plan will be presented at the Council's meeting on Dec. 11.

The council also approved traffic signal improvements at the intersection of Hardenburgh Lane and Dunham's Corner Road, a busy crosspoint near Warnsdorfer School and the new Torah Links Academy.  Councilman Jim Wendell also anticipated upcoming improvements to the nearby diagonal crossing at Cranbury Road and Fern Road. Wendell and Cohen also discussed upcoming studies of traffic at the intersections of Fresh Ponds Road with both Hardenburgh Lane and  Church Lane. Upgrades are also forthcoming for the Water Utility location on Hart's Lane and the District 2 firehouse.

Honored at the meeting for a total of more than 100 years of service to the township were Lucy Hellmers of the Public Safety Department; Diana Santiago of the Municipal Court; and Natalie McGough of the Court Clerk's office.  Their service was noted in a public reading of their accomplishments by Councilwoman Camille Clark.