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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ

Contact: Joe Fiordaliso or Marc La Vorgna

RELEASE: August 5, 2004

Route 15 and Houses Corner Road project completed in Sussex County

(Sparta) New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Commissioner Jack Lettiere and State Senator Robert Littell announced the completion of the Route 15 and Houses Corner Road project in Sparta. The project added a full traffic light, which was turned on today at approximately 11am, and dedicated left turn slots at the intersection of Route 15 and Houses Corner Road. Additionally, Route 15 has been elevated to carry it over the nearby railroad crossing. Both measures will greatly improve safety and reduce congestion in the area. Governor James E. McGreevey, NJDOT, and Senator Littell formally broke ground on the project in May of 2002.

"This project spotlights the importance of our congestion relief and safety improvement efforts," said Governor McGreevey. "In Sussex County, we are investing $12.4 million towards those goals in 2005 alone. These investments are an important part of our plan to give New Jerseyans a better quality of life."

"In our ongoing quest to clear New Jersey of traffic congestion and improve safety, I am so pleased to see another piece of the puzzle get put into place," said NJDOT Commissioner Lettiere. "This project is indicative of the Governor's efforts to aggressively attack the specific traffic choke points in Sussex County and improve quality of life for the region."

"I am pleased to see this important transportation project come to completion. It has been a long time coming," said Senator Littell, who has been the leading legislative supporter of the project. "Area residents and commuters will now experience a revamped roadway that improves both travel safety and traffic flow."

The previous intersection was signalized with a blinking traffic light and no left turn slots for cars turning off of Route 15 onto Houses Corner Road. Due to heavy traffic on Route 15, the left-hand turn became a dangerous adventure for motorists and traffic would backup behind cars waiting to make the left turn. Heavy truck traffic in the area only further exacerbated the safety and congestion problems. The new intersection is realigned with a full traffic light and dedicated left turn slots to allow for safer left turns and will significantly reduce the backups and accidents that occurred at the intersection. The railroad crossing just north of Houses Corner Road impeded traffic flow on Route 15 while cars waited for passing rail traffic. Route 15 now flies over the rail crossing so motorists can drive past the crossing with no delay.

The $15.5 million project also adds a full shoulder in each direction on Route 15 and Houses Corner Road in the area of the intersection.

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