As part of the short term improvements for Route 22 designed by the county and state, Bridgewater's Town Council approved the installation of a traffic light at the intersection of Foothill and Ronson roads.
The light itself will be installed by the county and state, but the township has agreed to pay for the electricity for the light.
“This will be maintained [by the state Department of Transportation],” township engineer Robert Bogart said. “This is an area where there were several fatalities, and there were traffic studies done.”
Bogart said the intersection is in the town’s jurisdiction as well as the state’s because of the interchange itself.
“But the decision for the traffic light was made because of the accident rate,” he said.
Bogart said the state is also redesigning the loop that circles from Foothill Road to Route 22, and intersects with Ronson Road.
The DOT is also planning a left turn lane at this intersection, with the traffic light.
In addition to the traffic light, these are the plans for the short-term Route 22 improvements:
- Reconstruct Route 22 East shoulder as an auxiliary lane for the Route 202/206 on-ramp.
- Change the Mountain Avenue intersection into stop control.
- Add another exit onto Route 22 West from Buffalo Wild Wings.
- Widen and reconstruct the Route 22 East shoulder as an auxiliary lane from North Bridge Street, past Grove Street.
- Widen the shoulder along Route 22 in the median from North Bridge Street to North Grove Street.
- Reconfigure the intersection of the North Grove Street overpass and Grove Street.
- Eliminate the u-turns in the median at North Gaston Avenue and Adamsville Road.
- Install new overhead signs for "Exit Only" lanes on Roue 22 West to Ronson Road.
- Install a new deceleration lane on Route 22 West for the Route 287 southbound ramp.
- Make improvements to the highway lighting.
- Install a new Intelligent Transportation System along the Route 22 corridor.