Government

South Brunswick: Part Of Route 1 Shoulder To Ease Rush Hour Congestion Beginning June 26

e2c79eb5b788b0d94270_user12306-1497643671-media1.jpg
7cefb5d8adad8c09e21e_20170515_162042.jpg
Credits: Charles W. Kim photos
bf6ac3f1b45110eaa437_20170515_162118.jpg
Credits: Charles W. Kim photos
2226d95e3a4ec1cd5ea8_sbchristie.JPG
Credits: Charles W. Kim photos
e2c79eb5b788b0d94270_user12306-1497643671-media1.jpg

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – It’s been a long time in coming, but the morning and evening rush hours may get better on Route 1 thanks to a state Department of Transportation pilot program using some of the road’s shoulders starting next Monday.

Police announced Monday that the Hard Shoulder Running project, a .25-mile section of Route 1 between Independence Way and Raymond Road, should begin on time next week, allowing traffic to use the shoulders during the morning and evening rush hours.

Workers have been striping that section of the busy road and installing signs to let motorists know that the shoulders would be open as a travel lane from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday starting June 26.

Sign Up for E-News

Vehicles may not use the shoulder at other times, police said.

Trucks, however, are prohibited from using the shoulders, according to police.

State officials presented the plan to the public during a forum at the municipal building last month.

The pilot program will go on for six months and then be evaluated to see if it should remain permanently, officials said.

For years, the township has been asking the state for help regarding the heavy traffic flowing through the about 7-mile stretch of Route 1 from Plainsboro to North Brunswick.

Unlike the three lanes in those communities, the road “bottlenecks” to just two lanes in each direction in South Brunswick, causing backups, especially during commuting times.

During the presentation last month, officials said making the road three lanes in both directions through the township is currently cost prohibitive and that a lot of land would have to be taken through eminent domain to establish the 12-foot wide travel lane.

Full DOT Presentation Video:

As a compromise, the plan was developed to use part of the existing hard shoulder at a point where there are fewer business and residential “cuts” out to the roadway.

Once the state agreed to try the pilot program, Gov. Chris Christie halted transportation projects throughout the state due to the insolvency of the Transportation Trust Fund.

That issue was resolved, however, when the legislature and the governor approved a $.26-cent gas tax hike to fund transportation.

During a stop in the township, Gov. Christie said the project would continue as would millions in other transportation projects in the state and Middlesex County.

Some of that work includes re-paving sections of Route 130 in Cranbury and South Brunswick, Christie said during a press conference at Dayton Toyota earlier this month.

Christie said the fund is now in good enough shape, that the next governor should not have to worry about the its financial stability.

State officials said township police would be monitoring the project and cameras would be installed on utility poles along the route to see if there are any problems or an increase in accidents due to using the lanes.

Once all the data is evaluated, the state will determine if the project should be extended past the six months and then if it should become permanent, officials said.

Local officials are hoping the project can ease congestion and keep traffic flowing.

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

East Brunswick

Vets4Warriors Gives Struggling Veterans a Lifeline

February 18, 2018

Fatima Aguilar’s first day on the job at Vets4Warriors was anything but normal. A military veteran who’s currently enlisted as a Second Lieutenant with the New Jersey National Guard, she found herself in a potential suicide crisis situation as soon as she hit the phones.

“I started around three and a half years ago on the overnight shift, and my very first call was a US ...

South Brunswick: Volunteer Soccer Coach Charged With Possessing And Distributing Child Pornography

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – A volunteer youth soccer coach and former Sunday school teacher is charged with possessing and distributing child pornography, officials said Thursday.

FBI agents and local law enforcement arrested Waldo Milla-Guerra, 49, at his Kendall Park home Thursday morning after executing a search warrant, officials said.

Milla-Guerra, a volunteer soccer coach with the ...

How to Talk with Kids About the Florida Shooting

Guest Column

The tragedy of the Florida school shooting is devastating leaving 17 killed and 15 injured. Our children can easily identify with what occurred yesterday. It will be the topic of conversation today in schools everywhere. School administrators are doing all they can to provide support and guidance. The shootings affect children, teachers, and school personnel. The ...

Rep. Watson Coleman Statement on Indictment of 13 Russian Nationals

February 20, 2018

Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) issued the following statement in response to the announcement by the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller of indictments of Russian businesses and nationals for a criminal conspiracy to interfere with the presidential election in 2016:

“Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictments are the latest ...

Upcoming Events

Sun, March 4, 3:00 PM

State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick

Staatskapelle Weimar

Arts & Entertainment

Fri, March 23, 8:00 PM

State Theatre New Jersey , New Brunswick

Motown the Musical

Arts & Entertainment

Sat, April 7, 2:00 PM

State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Arts & Entertainment

Library Hosts Program On Joint Replacement Surgery

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ—East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital partner to present the special medical program “Considering Total Joint Replacement in 2018” at the library on Tuesday, March 6 at 7 pm.

Lead by board certified orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Stephen Kayiaros, the program gives a brief overview of arthritis of ...

Super Carb Diet by Bob Harper

Super Carb Diet by Bob Harper with Danny Pellegrino (St. Martin's Press, 2017)

It's hard to go on a serious diet, one on which you expect to be successful and maintain a loss. Fortunately, in his new book Super Carb Diet, Bob Harper has given the weight watching world a sensible new diet plan to help achieve a healthy weight.

Harper, host of NBC's popular show The Biggest Loser, ...

Two Nights by Kathy Reichs

Two Nights by Kathy Reichs (Bantom,2017)

How does a writer of a beloved series like Harry Potter or Temperance Brennan break out of their readers' expectations and try something new? For J.K. Rowlings it was the novels penned under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith; books about a maimed and very flawed private detective with the unlikely name of Cormoran Strike. For Kathy Reichs, it is the ...

EBPD: Safeguarding Students, Staff, and Residents in the Public Schools

February 20, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick Police Department, in cooperation with the East Brunswick Board of Education, will be assisting the school security staff by providing police officers at our township public schools. It is the goal of the East Brunswick Police Department and the East Brunswick Board of Education to safeguard our students, staff and residents at our schools on a daily basis ...

'What Stays' exposes family secrets and lies

‘What Stays’ exposes family secrets, resentment and lies

By Liz Keill

SUMMIT, NJ – In an original play by Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta, the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre has provided an enlightening, funny and heart-felt view of family foibles.

Ekstrand has said that the germ of the play came from conversations with the ensemble members of the troupe, based on ...