NJDOT breaks ground on Route 29 Main Street reconstruction in Lambertville
(Trenton) Commissioner Kris Kolluri today announced that the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) on August 21 will begin the reconstruction of Route 29 in Lambertville, Hunterdon County. The $9.4 million project will include pavement reconstruction, drainage installation and aesthetic and safety improvements on Route 29 (Main Street) from Mt. Hope Street to Cherry Street.
“Reconstructing Main Street in Lambertville with the addition of a new drainage system will significantly improve safety and congestion and help maintain the vibrancy of Lambertville’s business district,” said Commissioner Kolluri. “Keeping the businesses along this stretch of roadway open and accommodate their needs also is critical to the successful reconstruction of Main Street.”
The roadway improvements will include reconstruction of the Main Street pavement, including replacement of curb, sidewalks and trees. Reconstruction of the roadway amenities and aesthetics will be in accordance with the State Historic Preservation Office recommendations in order to maintain the historic character of the city.
Curb bump-outs will also be added as a traffic calming measure along Main Street at all of the existing cross streets except Mt. Hope Street, Bridge Street, Phillips-Barber Road, and Cherry Street. Another traffic calming feature is the construction of a median on Main Street north of Cherry Street. This will help to decrease the speed of traffic entering Lambertville near the Lambertville Elementary School by more quickly transitioning from two travel lanes to one travel lane in each direction.
The proposed drainage systems will drain both the northern and southern sections of Main Street, providing much needed flood control to an area impacted by the recent flooding of the Delaware River. The southern section outlets into Swan Creek and will supplement the City of Lambertville’s existing drainage line with additional inlets, manholes and pipes. Likewise, drainage improvements in the northern section will tie into the previously constructed drainage line running down Delaware Avenue.
NJDOT planned this project in close coordination with local officials and residents in order to minimize disruption during construction. All businesses located along Main Street in Lambertville will remain open and accessible until the completion of construction in Spring 2008.
Although NJDOT is working to minimize traffic impacts, limited detours will be required.
Northbound traffic will be maintained on Main Street.
Southbound traffic will be detoured around construction zones via portions of North Union Street. The portion of North Union Street carrying detoured traffic will be designated as a one-way road for use by southbound traffic. Parking will be maintained on both sides of North Union Street throughout construction.
Route 29 Southbound truck traffic will be detoured via Routes 179 and 202 throughout construction stages. Portions of the following streets will be used at various times for car detour: North Union, Cherry, Elm, Delaware, Jefferson, Coryell and Bridge Street.