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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ

Contact: Brendan Gill or Erin Phalon
609-530-4280

RELEASE: May 2, 2006


Kolluri expands Cross Median Accident Prevention and Safe Corridor programs

NJDOT installs median barrier on Route 1 and 9 in Linden

(Trenton) Commissioner Kris Kolluri today announced that the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) installed a median barrier and shoulders on Route 1 and 9 in Linden. Kolluri also designated the site part of a Safe Corridor which will now cover Route 1 and 9 from Gill Lane in Woodbridge to North Avenue in Elizabeth. NJDOT installed the median barriers and designated the area a safe corridor in response to a fatal cross-median accident that occurred on Route 1 and 9 in Linden in 2003.  

 “Governor Corzine made it clear that increasing traffic safety must be a top priority," said Commissioner Kolluri.   “The Cross Median Accident Prevention and Safe Corridor programs enable NJDOT to save lives by implementing site-specific safety improvements on roadways with troubling crash histories.”

 

Safe Corridor designation is based upon crash rates, fatalities, traffic volume and other highway traffic safety criteria.   Fines for motor vehicle offenses such as speeding, reckless driving, and failing to stop at a stop sign are doubled within Safe Corridors.   Funds collected from fines within Safe Corridors are disbursed equally to municipalities that contain Safe Corridors. The funds may be used for education, enforcement, and capital projects that promote highway safety.  

 

NJDOT's installation of 1,900 feet of median barrier and 5.25' inside shoulders on Route 1 and 9 will help prevent cross-median collisions.   The NJDOT Cross Median Accident Prevention Program identifies locations where cross-median head-on collisions have occurred and provides median barriers designed to prevent such occurrences at identified locations. NJDOT developed the Cross Median Accident Prevention Program in response to a series of cross median accidents that occurred on a single day in 2002.   NJDOT originally identified and treated 14 accident hot spots with medians less than 30 feet wide. Since then, NJDOT expanded the program to include Interstates and freeways with medians less than 60 feet wide.  

 

NJDOT has designed or installed 90.45 miles of median barrier on Routes 24, 287, 80, 280, 78, 295, 42 and 95 as part the Cross Median Accident Prevention Program at a cost of $19,318,103. NJDOT by July will install over 20,000 feet of new guiderail and replacing 18,000 feet of existing guiderail on Routes 24, 78, 80, 280 and 287 in Bergen, Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset and Union counties.

 

The list of existing roadways designated as Safe Corridors can be viewed via the following link:  

http://www.nj.gov/transportation/refdata/traffic_orders/safe_corridors/

 
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