SOMERVILLE, NJ - Now that the long-awaited traffic signal improvements at the North Gaston Avenue/ Willam Street/Union Avenue intersection have been completed by the state Department of Transportation, the borough will continue to implement additional measures to ensure pedestrian safety.
The NJDOT completed traffic studies and reset the traffic light at the busy intersection to improve traffic flow and reduce the number of vehicles entering into the adjacent residential area. The intersection is particularly busy in the morning and mid-afternoon hours when students from the nearby Van Derveer Elementary School are present.
The Borough Council on Monday night will introduce two ordinances that will impact the intersection and parking. The first will prohibit parking on the west side of North Gaston Avenue between William Street and Catherine Street.
The second will prohibit turns during certain hours; an existing ordinance will be amended to prohibit a left-hand turn when traveling on North Gaston Avenue in the southbound direction at the intersection of Schoolhouse Lane from 7-9 a.m. and from 3-6 p.m.
The Borough Council will also consider a conditional resolution to designate a redeveloper for the proposed Somerville public safety complex that will be built on a 1.1-acre tract along Gaston Avenue on the site of the former Gaston Avenue Bakery.
The bakery building was demolished this summer, along with two other buildings, to make way for the complex, which is to be the new home of the Borough Police Department, now located on South Bridge Street, fire apparatus, and the Somerset County 911/Emergency Call center.