SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Borough Council earlier this month introduced a bond ordinance that, if approved at next reading, would cover borough costs associated with the installation of a traffic light at the intersection of Oak Tree and Woodland avenues.

“This is a dangerous intersection as anyone who has every tried to make a left turn onto Oak Tree from Woodland knows. There have been many accidents and a traffic light is definitely needed,” said South Plainfield Council President and Public Safety Committee member Robert Bengivenga, Jr.

Council members voted unanimously in favor of the ordinance at the first reading, which took place during the April 4 meeting, and are expected to approve and adopt the ordinance on April 18. Under the ordinance, the borough would appropriate $400,000 toward South Plainfield’s portion of the traffic light’s installation costs; $380,000 would be financed through the issuance of bonds or notes with the remaining $20,000 coming out of cash on hand as required by Local Bond Law.

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The intersection of Woodland and Oak Tree falls within the jurisdiction of the Borough of South Plainfield, the Township of Edison and Middlesex County. The project is expected to cost a total of $1.9 million with South Plainfield responsible for 16-percent or $400,000. The funds would cover the borough’s portion of the traffic light installation and easement acquisition costs on the southbound (South Plainfield) side of Woodland Avenue; Edison would be responsible for an additional 16-percent in costs pertaining to the northbound side of Woodland and Middlesex County responsible for the remaining two-third of the bill since Oak Tree is a county road.

“I would specifically like to thank Edison’s Council President Mike Lombardi who worked with us and was in communication with us to get this moving forward as well as Middlesex County for moving forward on this,” added Bengivenga.

Talk of installing a traffic light at the intersection first began back at 2006 with the plans coming to fruition earlier this year. “I am glad to see this project finally getting off the drawing board,” said South Plainfield’s Administrator/Chief Financial Officer Glenn Cullen. “This is a very difficult T-street intersection, especially during rush hour, and I think everyone – from residents to commuters – will be happy to finally see a traffic light installed there.”

Mayor Matt Anesh added, “It is great to finally see that a traffic light at Woodland and Oak Tree is moving closer to becoming a reality. Once it is up and running, a traffic light will make this intersection much safer.”

The South Plainfield Borough Council will hold a second reading and vote on the bond ordinance at its next public meeting, which is scheduled for Monday, April 18 at 7 p.m.

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