HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Completion of the long-awaited Route 206 Bypass will be delayed until spring, 2021, while the New Jersey Department of Transportation is expected to begin preliminary work on the widening of the state highway in the vicinity of Camplain Road and the nearby Norfolk Southern railroad trestle on Monday, Oct. 19.
An electronic highway sign in the parking lot of the Favorites restaurant on the southbound side of Route 206 between Brown Avenue and the railroad trestle has been flashing a traffic advisory about the project over the past week.
The Bypass was expected to be completed this fall, but there have been delays attributed to the weather and the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this year, according to the NJDOT.
Beginning Monday motorists can expect even more delays as work begins at the northern end of the project, one of several phases begun nearly ten years ago that make up the $100 million-plus plan to eliminate congestion and improve traffic flow from one end of the township to the other.
Work will continue on the Bypass segment of the project as weather permits through the end of the year.
A third phase of the overall Route 206 now pending is the widening from two lanes to a four lane dualization from Doctors Way to Valley Road including the revision of three existing traffic signals and the replacement of the bridge over Royce Brook.
Most recently, Route 206 southbound traffic was shifted onto a new ramp towards Andria Avenue, located south of Doctors Way, NJDOT’s contractor, Konkus Corporation, has installed construction barrels and barricades on Route 206 southbound to redirect traffic onto the newly constructed Route 206 ramp towards Andria Avenue.
The major work on the north side of the Bypass has been completed. The last major piece of construction remaining is the completion of the new Route 206 Bypass Bridge over the CSX railroad tracks south of Hillsborough Road, which is expected to be done by early next year, according to the NJDOT. Once that is finished, there is utility relocation work on both ends that needs to be completed, and final paving on both ends of the project.
Major pieces that have been completed include:
- New Route 206 bridge over the Royce Brook Tributary B
- New Hamilton Road bridge over the Route 206 bypass
- New signalized Route 206 bypass and existing Route 206 intersection at the northern end of the project
- New jughandle ramp at the Route 206 & Triangle Road / Falcon Road intersection
When completed, The Route 206 Hillsborough Bypass will shift traffic onto a new 3.6-mile section of Route 206 to the east of the existing highway between Mountain View Road and Old Somerville Road. This will create opportunities for the development of a town center along the current Route 206 in Hillsborough.
The 1.7-mile center section of the Bypass was built first as part of a $44 million state-funded contract. It was completed and opened in October 2013. The $36.6 million state and federally-funded Contract B will construct the remaining portion of the Route 206 Bypass.
The project limits are from Mountain View Road to Hillsborough Road on the southern end and from Amwell Road/County Road 514 to Old Somerville Road on the northern end.
The one-mile stretch of Route 206 between Valley Road and Brown Avenue will undergo a major overhaul that will widen the congested two-lane highway to four lanes while eliminating left turn movements by constructing a concrete center median and constructing jughandles for u-turn movements at new signalized intersections including Brown Avenue and Camplain Road.
The key improvements of this project include:
- The existing roadway will be widened to allow for two travel lanes in each direction and the construction of a median barrier.
- The signalized intersection at Brown Avenue will be improved to provide two lanes of traffic in each direction and jug-handles for u-turn movements.
- The existing Camplain Road signalized intersection will be removed and a new signalized intersection with northbound and southbound jughandles will be constructed approximately .15 mile to the south.
- The Norfolk Southern Railroad Bridge over Route 206 will be replaced and associated track work will be completed.
The NJDOT has acquired several properties along that stretch of roadway, with new stormwater retention basins and other improvements to be constructed along the project corridor.
The construction of the proposed roadway and bridge improvements will be completed in stages to maintain two-way directional traffic and access to all properties throughout the duration of the construction project, according to NJDOT.
Construction is expected over a three year period.
"Route 206 has an average daily traffic volume of approximately 30,000 vehicles per day. These traffic volumes are very high for a two-lane roadway and major delays in traffic flow are currently experienced during peak travel times. The project corridor also has a high number of residential and commercial access points along both sides of Route 206," said Meredith Hammond, manager of NJDOT Community Relations.
Comments about the project may be sent Hammond via email - Meredith.Hammond@dot.nj.gov.
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The Route 206 Bypass in Hillsborough was first considered as early as the 1970s, as the community began to develop. It remained only a concept until the early 2000s. In August 2010, township, local and state officials joined together to break ground and officially start construction of the Route 206 Bypass mid-section.
On July 18, 2013, Gov. Chris Christie signed into law a bill officially renaming the Route 206 Bypass to the “Peter J. Biondi Bypass.” in honor of the late Assemblyman and Hillsborough Mayor Peter J. Biondi. An official dedication and road opening occurred later that same year.