EDISON, NJ - Members of the New Jersey 18th Legislative District, Senator Patrick Diegnan (D-South Plainfield), Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin (D-East Brunswick), and Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak (D-Edison) announced on Thursday the allocation of $450,000 for the design of an access ramp from Rt-27 onto Rt-287N between Edison and Metuchen.

“I have been fighting for funding for the I-287/ Rt. 27 ramp for years now and it is great to see the Governor listening to our concerns and moving forward on this project that is vital to the safety and quality of life of residents of Edison and Metuchen,” said Assemblyman Karabinchak.

Currently there is no ramp leading onto Rt-287N from Rt-27, forcing trucks to drive through small residential streets in Metuchen and Edison. According to the legislators, this is a safety concern for the people residing in both towns. They said that this ramp will also ease truck traffic in this busy area that causes long traffic jams for local commuters.

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“The ramp addition and improvements will improve safety and improve how walkable and enjoyable these towns are for our residents,” said Assemblywoman Pinkin, “It will cut down on the traffic, noise, and air pollution in our local neighborhoods.”

“This access ramp is crucial to preserving the integrity of the residential areas of Metuchen and Edison,” said Senator Diegnan. “It will significantly decrease the amount of time residents spend commuting to work.”