SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – Police announced Wednesday that the Route 522 and Stouts Lane intersection is now open after being closed for more than a month to repair damage from a crash.

The normally busy intersection providing access to South Brunswick High School was closed following an April 26 crash involving a dump truck.

Police said the dump truck crashed into the traffic signal at the intersection, causing the road to be closed in both directions.

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According to police, the accident took place around 6 a.m. April 26 when the driver of a dump truck heading west on Route 522 to the Trap Rock quarry in Franklin Township, fell asleep and crashed into the traffic signal at Stouts Lane.

The crash brought down a pole and wires, closing the intersection while repairs could be made.

Police initially estimated repairs could take up to two weeks to complete and traffic could not make a left turn from Route 522 west onto Stouts Lane or a left from Stouts Lane onto Route 522 west.

This detour took much of the high school traffic to Ridge Road in Monmouth Junction, which has seen several accidents since the change, including a teenage driver that hit a house on one of the curves.

Police said Wednesday that they hope restoring the Stouts Lane intersection will ease traffic to and from the high school from Ridge Road, and hopefully bring down the number of accidents on that road.

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