Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that a total of 19.4 miles of County roads will be repaved this season. The work, approved at the Freeholder Board’s regular public meeting on April 14, is the latest in an annual series of road resurfacing programs. Work will begin later this spring.
“Union County is responsible for 174 miles of roads, including many main arteries that help move people and goods throughout our region,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen. “Our roads are one of the main drivers of economic and social activity, and taking good care of them is a top priority.”
In recent years the Freeholder Board has also approved major intersection improvement projects on County roads, including a new project in Plainfield funded by a $1.1 million federal grant. The new project involves three intersections on East Front Street, which will receive traffic signal upgrades, audible pedestrian countdown signals and high visibility crosswalks
“These new improvements will ease congestion for motorists. They will also help make the busy Plainfield business district more inviting for people on foot or bicycle, and for people with disabilities” said Freeholder Linda Carter, who chairs the Board’s Public Works and Facilities committee.
Under Chairman Bergen’s 2016 Move-Connect-Grow transportation initiative, the Freeholder Board has also focused on bridge replacement and reconstruction projects. This year, design work is moving forward on the Elm Street Bridge in Westfield, the West Tracy Drive Bridge in Mountainside, the Hussa Street Bridge in Linden, and the Irving Street Bridge in Rahway.
Move-Connect-Grow also includes an Infrastructure Grant Program providing County funding for municipal road repaving and other infrastructure projects, along with new bike paths, continued advocacy for mass transit improvements, and completion of the Transportation Master Plan, a key planning tool. More information about the Master Plan is available at ucnj.org.
The roads scheduled for resurfacing in 2016 are:
Morris Avenue from River Road to Springfield Avenue
Chatham Road from River Road to the County line
Mountain Avenue from Diamond Hill Road to Division Avenue
McMane Ave from Diamond Hill to Glenside Ave
Coles Avenue/ Sky Top Drive from Glenside Avenue to New Providence Road
Terrill Road from Somerset County line to LaGrande to 7th Street
West 7thStreet from Park Avenue to Middlesex County line
Burnet Avenue from Morris Avenue to Essex County line
Chestnut Street from Galloping Hill Road to West Chestnut Street
Magie Avenue from Orchard Street to Galloping Hill Road
Galloping Hill Rd from Kimberly Rd to Magie Ave
Hillside Avenue from Chestnut Avenue to North Broad
Madison Hill Road from Westfield to the Bridge/Dam
Jefferson Avenue from Magnolia Avenue to North Avenue
Elizabethtown Plaza from Rahway Avenue to Caldwell Place
Jersey Avenue from West End Avenue to Roselle Borough Line
Elizabeth Avenue from Stiles Street to Park Avenue
Ross Street and Valley Road from Route 27 to Stiles Street
For up-to-date information on road closures and other travel advisories related to County road and bridge projects, visit the interactive Road Construction Update page at ucnj.org/traffic.
To report potholes on County roads, use the convenient online form at ucnj.org/pothole.
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