FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Reconstruction of Amwell Road (County Route 514) in Franklin Township from Elizabeth Avenue westward to Wortman Street, will begin in mid-March.

Utility relocations in support of the project also will begin in March. An official start date will be provided when the date is more certain. Construction will continue through the end of 2020. 

The project consists of the reconstruction of approximately 1.25 miles of roadway and will include new storm sewers, pavement widening and resurfacing, and upgrades to the two traffic signals located at Elizabeth Avenue and Mettlers Road. Although no new lanes will be added, wider roadway shoulders will be striped for bicycle lanes.

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The majority of the work on Amwell Road will occur during the daytime.  One-lane closures will be necessary during daytime construction hours; flaggers and a temporary traffic signal will be utilized to alternate traffic.  Motorists should expect delays when construction starts and plan accordingly. 

Although one lane will be closed during the day, for the most part, the roadway will be fully opened to two-way traffic each night. There will be short periods, however, when the roadway will need to be fully closed at night to allow for work that cannot be performed otherwise.  Car and truck detours will be posted; motorists will need to follow posted detour signs during these periods.

The vast majority of funding for this project is being provided through the New Jersey Department of Transportation State Aid program. Somerset County will provide updates during construction to provide advance notice for staged traffic shifts and nighttime detour schedules.

For more information or to see traffic diagrams and updates, visit http://bit.ly/AmwellRd20.