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TRENTON, N.J. - Improving safety in school zones is of vital importance at local, state and national levels, and Mercer County is pleased to announce it has received more than a half-million dollars in federal transportation funds for two traffic safety projects: replacement of school flashers; and installation of centerline rumble stripes.

The Replacement of School Flashers project includes upgrading existing outdated school flashers with highly visible overhead devices.  This project also includes installation of driver speed feedback signs.  In an effort to use “greener” technologies, the upgrades would use solar power instead of conventional electrical service.  The funding will provide improvements for seven (7) elementary schools that have existing school flashers, and are located on County roads.

Installation of centerline rumble stripes seeks to improve safety on roadway curves.  Several roadway segments have been identified that experience a high number of cross-over type crashes.  This condition is particularly problematic on horizontal curves.  Installation of centerline rumble stripes has been shown to reduce these types of crashes.  The Federal Highway Administration has identified installation of centerline rumble stripes as one of nine low-cost Safety Countermeasures for which federal funding has been made available.

Mercer County conducted a Countywide screening of cross-over crash types and identified eighteen (18) segments of County roadways that would benefit from this treatment.  Improvements would include removal of existing centerline striping within the limits of the rumble stripes as needed, installation of centerline rumble stripes and then restriping of the centerline.

Both projects are funded through federal transportation safety grants, which are administered through the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s Office of Local Aid and Economic Development. Among the schools that will have flashers installed are Bear Tavern School in Hopewell Township; General Johnson School, Princeton Township, Maurice Hawk School in West Windsor; Parkway Avenue School in Ewing; St. Gregory the Great, Hamilton; Sayen School in Hamilton and Antheil School in Ewing.