MONROE, NJ - Hillsborough Township was recently honored by the New Jersey Alliance for Action’s “New Jersey’s Leading Infrastructure Projects” program for its efforts to support the Route 206 Bypass construction project.
The recognition program highlights innovative, pioneering and landmark construction initiatives that greatly impact the state’s economy and to honor the businesses and organizations that work together as partners to ensure the project’s success.
“Collaboration with the NJDOT and Somerset County has been instrumental in this project and we are looking forward to the continued efforts and ultimately the completion of the bypass,” ssaid Hillsborough Mayor Frank DelCore.
“This long-awaited bypass, combined with the other improvements planned for the Route 206 corridor, will help advance the township’s Town Center plans and improve mobility for residents and commuters,” said Somerset County Freeholder Director Brian D. Levine.
The Route 206 Bypass in Hillsborough project is a great example of what can be done when organizations work as a team, according to the NJAA. This project involves collaboration from the NJDOT, Somerset County and Hillsborough Township. As a result, Hillsborough Township and the other major partners on the project were selected to receive a “New Jersey’s Leading Infrastructure Project” award in honor of that work..
The recognition program was held at Forsgate Country Club with 19 projects being recognized.
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. Near the end of 2006, New Jersey Department of Transportation was called to remove the “no-build” scenario from the Bypass plan.
Following the necessary environmental studies, in June of 2007, the “no-build” scenario was lifted from the plan and an official design was presented to the Hillsborough Township Committee. By August of 2010, township, local and state officials joined together to break ground and officially start construction of the Route 206 Bypass, mid-section.
At the time of the groundbreaking, the planning stages for the second phase, known as Contract B, had an estimated start date of 2012. However, by March of 2012, DOT confirmed that the Bypass project timeline would exceed what was originally anticipated, however, they also reaffirmed their commitment to the completion of the project.
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.
Construction of the final phase of the Bypass will begin in the Spring of 2019, with the anticipated completion in 2020. The purpose of this project is to improve safety and reduce congestion through Hillsborough Township with the completion of the Route 206 Hillsborough Bypass and the subsequent widening of Route 206 North of the Bypass.
Over 2,500 of New Jersey’s top corporate, labor, professional, academic and governmental representatives are members of the NJ Alliance for Action. The Alliance’s mission is to improve New Jersey’s economy through the promotion of capital construction and infrastructure investment. Additionally, the Alliance has been recognized as one of the State’s best associations for networking opportunities. In addition to our constant advocacy, every year the Alliance hosts more than two dozen meetings on a variety of different subjects featuring speakers and presentations on major initiatives and projects. Speakers have included Governors, federal and state elected representatives, cabinet officers, authority representatives, labor leaders, and corporate officials.