RARITAN TWP., NJ – A concept plan to realign and widen Route 31 here will be presented for public review and comment Oct. 10.

The unveiling will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the township’s Municipal Building, just off Route 523 here. The project proposed by the state Department of Transportation is described as a “preliminary preferred project.”

The state is contemplating two phases. One would extend from Route 31 at HealthQuest Boulevard to River Road and would be completed by the end of 2024. The other would extend from Route 31 at Church Street to East Main Street/Flemington Junction Road. It would be completed by the end of 2025.

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Plans include two lanes in each direction with a 16-foot center turn lane - where feasible -  and 8-foot shoulders. The road realignment and widening will require rights-of-way acquisitions from some of the properties.

Traffic signal upgrades and timing adjustments should improve the flow of traffic, according to DOT, and restricting left turns at HealthQuest Boulevard and other access points are planned to “reduce conflict points and increase safety.”

The Black River & Western railroad bridge, which limits the highway to its narrowest point, would be replaced with a bridge “that will mimic the look and feel of the existing bridge,” DOT says.

Exhibits  of  the  concept  plan will be offered at the meeting and those attending will be able to review them, ask questions and share information with DOT staffers.