The county is holding a public information session Wednesday for questions and information on the planned Route 22 Sustainable Corridor Project Short-Term Improvements, with work expected to begin January 2013.
The program will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Somerset County Administration Building in the Freeholders Meeting Room on Grove Street in Somerville.
The meeting will be used to inform local residents, public officials and the business community on the short-term improvements that are expected to begin in January 2013, and be completed July 2014.
Residents will be able to review exhibits of the proposed improvements and discuss concerns with the New Jersey Department of Transportation staff.
The project as a whole involves both short-term and long-term improvements to improve Route 22 on its sustainable corridor through Bridgewater and Somerville.
The short-term project consists of the following:
- Reconstruct the Route 22 eastbound shoulder as an auxiliary lane for the Route 202/206 on-ramp.
- Reconfigure the Mountain Avenue intersection as a stop control.
- Improve access at Buffalo Wild Wings.
- Widen and reconstruct the Route 22 eastbound shoulder as an auxiliary lane from North Bridge Street past Grove Street.
- Widen the shoulders along the Route 22 median from North Bridge Street to North Grove Street.
- Eliminate the median U-turns at North Gaston Avenue and Adamsville Road.
- Install a new traffic signal at the intersection of Foothill Road and Ronson Road, with a left-turn lane.
- Install a new overhead sign for an “Exit Only” lane on Route 22 westbound to Ronson Road.
- Perform highway lighting improvements.
- Install new Intelligent Transportation Systems [ITS] facilities along the corridor.
The most recent meeting on the improvements was held in June, and involved information on the long-term improvements, which are designed to deal with the high volume of traffic using Route 22 to get to Route 287 South.
The county has a total of three alternatives that it will present to the New Jersey Department of Transportation for consideration. At this point, he said, they are in the concept development phase of the project, and are moving toward feasibility to determine which of the concepts can actually be done.
The first alternative simply brings Route 22, both east and west, up to NJDOT standards, for a cost of about $32.3 million.
The second alternative provides a through lane on a section of Route 22 East to Gaston Avenue, offering service roadways between Mountain Avenue and North Gaston Avenue. This proposal costs about $45.8 million.
The third alternative provides through lanes on Route 22 East all the way to Route 287, and will cost about $54.9 million.
For more information about the project, visit route22corridor.info.