STAFFORD – Since 2015, the New Jersey Department of Transportation has promised to redesign the intersection and driveways of Route 72 and East Road near the Doc Cramer Boulevard. The project is designed to clean up some of the intersections to make traffic flow better and more safely. Many residents are aware of traffic snarls in that area. It comes from leaving shopping to get back on Rt. 72 or leaving athletic fields, schools on Doc Cramer Blvd.
It was back on July 6, 2015 that the NJ Department of Transportation presented their proposal to Council and residents of Stafford Township. The construction was expected to be completed in 2017. Obviously, the project is behind schedule. It is important however to know that the changes will eventually come. Here is a review of what to expect.
Some of the changes includes eliminating nine driveways to six commercial properties and creating three shared driveways.
The state is currently in the final process of acquiring land for the project. The following changes are planned:
- Part of the plan is to replace the existing Route 72 westbound to East Road jughandle (on a sign as Doc Cramer Boulevard) with a new reverse loop jughandle which connects to a realigned Martin Truex Jr. Boulevard on the south side to Route 72.
- There will be the construction of a new intersection with a traffic signal along Route 72 and a newly constructed extension of Doc Cramer Boulevard. The extension will provide a double left turn exit onto Route 72 westbound and a single right turn exit onto Route 72 eastbound. The two traffic signals on Route 72 will be synchronized to operate on the same cycle to optimize traffic flow.
- There will also be a 10-foot-wide outer shoulder along Route 72 eastbound.
- The grassy area in the median along Route 72 will be converted to a barrier curb with 5-foot-wide shoulders adjacent to the median barrier.
- There will be two overhead signs constructed along Route 72 westbound to provide advance knowledge of the exit lanes for the Parkway.
- There will be the construction of a new stormwater drainage system throughout the entire project.
According to the Department of Transportation, the extent of the project is from just east of the Garden State Parkway at milepost 21.71 to west of Captain Randolph Boulevard at milepost 22.68.
The DOT is expecting construction to begin in the spring of 2018.