UNION COUNTY, NJ – It’s a sure sign of spring when the county roads are getting repaved, and this year 19.4 miles are getting a facelift, all part of an annual series of road resurfacing programs.
“Union County is responsible for 174 miles of roads, including many main arteries that help move people and goods throughout our region,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen. “Our roads are one of the main drivers of economic and social activity, and taking good care of them is a top priority.”
In addition to road repaving, there is a new project in Plainfield funded by a $1.1 million federal grant that involves three intersections on East Front Street, which will receive traffic signal upgrades, audible pedestrian countdown signals, and high visibility crosswalks.
“These new improvements will ease congestion for motorists. They will also help make the busy Plainfield business district more inviting for people on foot or bicycle, and for people with disabilities” said Freeholder Linda Carter, who chairs the Board’s Public Works and Facilities committee.
In other areas of the county, bridge replacement and reconstruction projects are moving forward on the Elm Street Bridge in Westfield, the West Tracy Drive Bridge in Mountainside, the Hussa Street Bridge in Linden, and the Irving Street Bridge in Rahway.
Municipal roads in the county’s cities and towns are also being repaved, funded by an Infrastructure Grant Program. The grant also provides funding for other infrastructure projects, along with new bike paths, continued advocacy for mass transit improvements, and completion of the Transportation Master Plan, a key planning tool. More information about the Master Plan is available at ucnj.org.
The roads scheduled for resurfacing in 2016:
Morris Avenue from River Road to Springfield Avenue
Chatham Road from River Road to the County line
Mountain Avenue from Diamond Hill Road to Division Avenue
McMane Ave from Diamond Hill to Glenside Ave
Coles Avenue/ Sky Top Drive from Glenside Avenue to New Providence Road
Terrill Road from Somerset County line to LaGrande to 7th Street
West 7thStreet from Park Avenue to Middlesex County line
Burnet Avenue from Morris Avenue to Essex County line
Chestnut Street from Galloping Hill Road to West Chestnut Street
Magie Avenue from Orchard Street to Galloping Hill Road
Galloping Hill Rd from Kimberly Rd to Magie Ave
Hillside Avenue from Chestnut Avenue to North Broad
Madison Hill Road from Westfield to the Bridge/Dam
Jefferson Avenue from Magnolia Avenue to North Avenue
Elizabethtown Plaza from Rahway Avenue to Caldwell Place
Jersey Avenue from West End Avenue to Roselle Borough Line
Elizabeth Avenue from Stiles Street to Park Avenue
Ross Street and Valley Road from Route 27 to Stiles Street
For up-to-date information on road closures and other travel advisories related to County road and bridge projects, visit the interactive Road Construction Update page at ucnj.org/ traffic.
Report potholes on County roads on the online form at ucnj.org/pothole.