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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ

Contact: Anna Farneski

RELEASE: July 29, 2003

Lettiere unveils new,
improved signs for Trenton complex

Announces $50 million for better
signs statewide, list of new hotspots

(Trenton) – State Transportation Commissioner Jack Lettiere today unveiled the first of many sign improvements to be made through Governor McGreevey’s comprehensive, multi-million-dollar Sign Review Initiative aimed at providing clear, consistent signage along all New Jersey highways.

Lettiere appeared outside the Capitol building as staff installed new overhead signage for 29/195/295 near the Trenton Complex, a down payment on comprehensive improvements to New Jersey’s highway signs.

“New Jersey’s highway signs are intended for people who already know where they’re going,” Lettiere said. “Today we take the first step in providing clear, concise signs throughout the State with these new signs for the Trenton Complex and providing $50 million to ensure the work continues.”

Over the next five years, the NJDOT will expand its scope and spend $50 million to reduce sign clutter, upgrade and replace worn signs, add and replaced overheads signs and redo pavement markings in an effort to improve highway operation and safety throughout the state.

Established in February 2003, the Sign Review Initiative initially focused on the Route 29 Capitol Complex area in Trenton where old signs were replaced with clearer directional signs that allow motorists to easily and efficiently navigate what was once a confusing set of exit ramps.

Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment NJDOT is able to capture digital images of highway signs from a specially-equipped van. That information is later downloaded to computers and analyzed by staff, who develop corrective measures.

Lettiere announced a series of other hotspots statewide that will be reviewed and improved. They include: I-80/Routes 46/23 Interchange; Newark Liberty Airport; the I-78/Route 24 Interchange; I-95 and I-295 from the NJ Turnpike to Pennsylvania; I-76 and I-676 along the Camden waterfront; the I-287/Route 440/Route 1/NJ Turnpike and Garden State Parkway area (known as the Woodbridge Spaghetti Bowl); and the Route 130 Collingswood Circle.

Lettiere appeared with Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson-Coleman and Trenton Mayor Peter Doug Palmer.

"Given the fact that NJ is one of the most densely populated states in the nation with high traffic volumes, this is a major step in providing clear, concise, and consistent signs which will help eliminate confusion and promote safety for NJ's motorists,” said Assemblywoman Watson-Coleman (D-15).

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