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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ

Contact:Joe Fiordaliso

RELEASE: April 14, 2004

Route 29 safety improvements discussed

Lettiere presents options for needed safety improvements at community meeting

Trenton—A variety of plans for safety improvements along Route 29 were presented to Trenton residents tonight by New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Commissioner Jack Lettiere at a community meeting held at the Holland Middle School. The NJDOT proposed a comprehensive safety plan that incorporates a number of specific improvements to Route 29. It presented these improvements to local residents and community leaders as options to improve safety on Route 29 from Calhoun Street to Parkside Avenue, the scene of several fatal accidents over the past year.

“We are here tonight to share our ideas with the community, and together we can determine the best way to make safety improvements. We will listen to the thoughts of local residents and determine a final solution only after carefully considering their concerns. Enhancing safety on Route 29 is what Governor McGreevey’s ‘Safety First’ initiative is all about. Many decisions must be made with respect to the future of Route 29, but we must first take immediate steps to make the roadway safer,” said Lettiere.

The proposed Route 29 safety improvements were designed to prevent crossover accidents and provide recovery room on the left and right sides of the highway for errant and disabled vehicles. They would improve driving conditions for motorists and improve drainage, reducing the prevalence of hydroplaning. The NJDOT’s proposed safety improvements include the following:

Median Installations
The NJDOT proposed making improvements to the median to prevent crossover accidents. Several different designs were presented as options, including dual faced guide rail, brick-faced barriers, and concrete barriers.

Roadside Improvements
The existing guiderail on the right hand side of Route 29 covers approximately one third of the roadway from Calhoun Street to Parkside Avenue. The NJDOT presented several options to local residents for remedying this safety problem, including filling in these gaps with guiderail. Roadside improvements would provide for additional room on the side of the road allowing vehicles to recover or for disabled vehicles.

Drainage Improvements
The NJDOT also proposed making a number of improvements to the road surface that would allow for better drainage after storms. These improvements are designed to prevent hydroplaning and make the driving surface safer for motorists.

These improvements were presented as options to local residents and community leaders. The purpose of tonight’s meeting was to present these various options for improving safety to local citizens and to allow them to share their thoughts with Commissioner Lettiere and NJDOT officials. A final plan for Route 29 will be presented shortly that enhances safety while preserving the character of the roadway and taking into careful consideration the thoughts and concerns of local residents.

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  Last Updated:  May 14, 2004