WEST ORANGE, NJ — Two new traffic signals in West Orange are among the safety improvements that will be undertaken at 39 intersections throughout Essex County. 

The intersections of Washington Street and Watchung Avenue, and Pleasant Valley Way and Woodland Avenue are two of those West Orange corners that will be receiving attention as part of the $26.4 million in federal grants from the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority to make safety improvements throughout Essex County. 

The projects include extending curbs and installing refuge islands, where feasible, to shorten crossing distances for pedestrians; and the installation of leading pedestrian interval signals, which stop traffic in all directions to allow people to cross more safely.

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“This funding supports infrastructure improvements to enhance safety for motorists and particularly pedestrians. The intersections identified for upgrades are along some of our most heavily traveled corridors,” said Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., who is the county’s representative on the NJTPA Board of Trustees.