SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – In an effort to alleviate truck traffic and reinforce the truck route, plans are underway to install additional directional signage, including solar-powered overheads, throughout the borough. The project is being funded by Middlesex County and expected to be complete, weather permitting, in the coming weeks.
“The signs strictly intended to alert truck drivers and steer them to the truck route,” Gary Vesce, a South Plainfield Borough Councilman and director of Middlesex County Department of Public Works, told TAPinto South Plainfield.
At Feb. 4 council meeting, Vesce stated that three overheard signs with flashing beacons as well as a flashing pedestal sign and other directional signage will be installed along the borough’s truck route by the end of March. The signs, said Vesce, who serves as chair of the borough’s public works committee, will be solar-powered and include battery back-ups.
Two overhead signs with flashing beacons will be erected on Hamilton Boulevard; one will alert drivers traveling on Hamilton from 287 to turn left onto St. Nicholas Avenue while the other will direct drivers traveling toward 287 to turn left or right on New Market Avenue. The third sign will be erected on Plainfield Avenue and also have flashing beacons to advise those drivers coming from the direction of borough hall toward Maple to continue straight and follow the truck route.
Through the county-funded project, a flashing pedestal sign will also be erected on St. Nicholas Avenue to alert truck drivers heading toward Hamilton Boulevard that they must turn right and follow the route toward Ryan Street. Additionally, said Vesce, close to a dozen additional directional signs advising truck drivers of the route will be erected along both borough- and county-owned roads within the municipality.
“We are hopeful, that with the new signage and overheads in place, it will be make it a little more obvious and clearer to the drivers so that they know there is a truck route and that they are expected to follow it,” he said.
According to Vesce, the town has ‘an enormous amount of truck traffic’ with the problem stemming, in part, from issues with drivers utilizing standard GPS systems that do not alert them of the truck route and/or restricted roads. “Hopefully, the new signage will alleviate some of the congestion and some of the confusion and reduce the number of trucks all over the town,” he said, adding, “It is going to take some time to get used to, but we are hopeful this will bring clarity to the route and that the drivers will follow it.”
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