RARITAN TWP., NJ – State officials presented plans to widen Route 31 yesterday in what will be two separate projects.

The project, unveiled at the Municipal Building, would resolve “the inconsistency in the number of travel lanes,” according to a press release. Although it wasn’t obvious from the maps on display by the state Department of Transportation, DOT project manager Charles Henry said there will be at least two travel lanes in each direction from the Flemington circle through HealthQuest Boulevard, which will include correcting the bottleneck that occurs near Minneakoning Road and Hunterdon Medical Center.

The project could be completed in 2025, or possibly sooner, Henry said.

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In addition to the two lanes in each direction, there will be 16-foot center turn lanes – where feasible – and 8-foot shoulders. Acquisition of rights-of-way will be required for parts of the effort, and some existing driveways will be regraded to tie into the new pavement.

The Black River & Western railroad bridge, which limits the width of the state highway, will be replaced with a new bridge that will be both wider and taller, but “that will mimic the look and feel of the existing bridge.” The state has identified the area near the bridge as having higher-than-average accidents.

Traffic signals will be improved and the timing of the signals adjusted to “improve the flow of traffic.”

The project will also address “sidewalk inconsistency … to provide uninterrupted pedestrian travel.”

Bike lanes are not part of the project, Henry said.