PATERSON, NJ – An extensive project years in the making to bring safety and aesthetic improvements along Lakeview Avenue in the City of Paterson, including converting a traffic circle into a safer modern roundabout and installing turn lanes and bicycle lanes is closer to reality thanks to an $8.56 million federal grant approved by the NJTPA Board of Trustees last week.
The project will upgrade 11 intersections along the county road between Market Street and Crooks Avenue. The traffic circle at Lakeview Avenue and Market Street will be replaced with a modern roundabout. These newer roundabouts can reduce severe crashes, which cause serious injuries and fatalities, by as much as 78 to 82 percent, according to the Federal Highway Administration.
“This grant will help us make Lakeview Avenue safer for people who travel this road every day, particularly for people walking and cycling,” said Passaic County Freeholder John Bartlett, who serves as First Vice Chair of the NJTPA Board of Trustees. “We identified the Lakeview Avenue corridor as a priority because it ranks among the top 10 in the county for pedestrian and bicycle crashes. This federally-funded project will support Paterson’s ongoing ‘StreetSmartNJ’ pedestrian safety education program with critical infrastructure improvements to make the road safer for everyone.”
In addition, the divided four-lane road will be converted into a divided two-lane road with dedicated left turn lanes in each direction and bicycle lanes will be installed. A park-like central divider will provide pedestrian safety and traffic-calming as well as neighborhood beautification. This project also includes new lighting, drainage improvements, and traffic signal upgrades.
“As a resident of Paterson, who has spoken directly with the families who deal daily with the impacts of speeding, I know firsthand how much these improvements will make the Lakeview section a safer and more beautiful place to walk, drive, and bike,” added Passaic County Freeholder Assad Akhter.
The funding was part of more than $96 million approved by the body that serves as the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for 13 northern New Jersey counties providing a forum where local officials, public transportation providers and state agency representatives can come together and cooperatively plan to meet the region’s current and future transportation needs.
“Thanks to the support of government at all levels Paterson is turning a corner,” Mayor Andre Sayegh told TAPinto Paterson. “We are profoundly grateful for the leadership of our Freeholders, especially John Bartlett and Assad Akhter, for being co-drivers in this effort to make our streets, and communities, safer.”
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