NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Officials from the city and Middlesex County announced that plans to redesign a stretch of Livingston Avenue will move forward.
Federal officials have given the project the green line to proceed and will fund the $6 million project, according to a statement released by county officials Tuesday,
The Livingston Avenue Traffic Calming (Complete Streets) Project, a Middlesex County project organized in collaboration with the City, will entail a comprehensive redesign of Livingston Avenue between New and Elizabeth streets.
Elements of the project include the replacement of four traffic signals, milling and paving, curb and sidewalk replacements, new lighting, new crosswalks and sidewalk ramps. The State of New Jersey provided a letter of authorization on July 16, facilitating construction, advertising and award procedures for the project.
Livingston Avenue will also be outfitted with new five-foot bike lanes to expand accommodations for all users of this busy route.
This project is to be funded using money provided by the Federal Highway Administration, administered by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
“Careful planning and review of this project has been in motion for more than five years to make sure renovations and updates for all users of this busy road – drivers, cyclists and pedestrians alike – are all adequately planned for and represented,” said Mayor Jim Cahill. “In partnership with the county and with the support of the state, we’re excited to be able to move forward with this comprehensive plan to improve travel, accessibility and safety on one of our most-traveled roads in the city.”
On July 18, the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders authorized the official start of the next phase of the project. Complete Streets will then again go to the NJDOT for a final sign-off before the County is permitted to go out to bid on construction specifications, which is anticipated to happen during the first week of September.
“The Board of Chosen Freeholders and I understand the vital importance of making Livingston Avenue safer for all vehicles and travelers,” said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “This project means a major route in our county will be more accessible for our busy college students and commuters, and is one example of how our county, municipal and federal governments work together to address longtime concerns for our residents.”
“When we work to increase safety, we work towards a better quality of life for everyone in Middlesex County,” said Middlesex County Freeholder Charles Kenny, Chair of the Infrastructure Management Committee. “This project will keep traffic flow running smoothly and make crossings of all kinds much easier.”
Once a bid is accepted, a notice to proceed will be issued to begin construction engineering preparations, likely in the fall. Construction on Livingston Avenue is anticipated to begin in the spring and to last for a 12-month period.