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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ

Contact: Joe Fiordaliso

RELEASE: August 20, 2004

Lettiere Announces Repairs of Fairfield Township Rail Crossing

(Fairfield) New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Commissioner Jack Lettiere announced the replacement of the railroad crossing on Shoemaker Road in Fairfield Township, Cumberland County.   The $85,000 project will replace the aging Winchester & Western rail crossing by removing the old crossing and upgrading to new asphalt approaches, improved drainage and a concrete crossing.   The project included erecting warning signs and pavement markings to alert motorists of the upcoming rail crossing.

“Governor McGreevey's ‘Safety-First' Initiative is a comprehensive effort to use engineering, education and enforcement to make our roads safer,” said Lettiere.   “The safety investment are have making in Fairfield Township is a prime example of the engineering fixes that are central to the Governor's Initiative.”

The project will begin on September 17, 2004 and is expected to be completed within a week.   The detour route for motorists will be as follows:   from South Avenue, traffic will run east onto Shoemaker Road and right onto Clarks Pond Road.   Traffic running west will make a left onto Burlington Road.

NJDOT repairs and rehabilitates existing railroad crossings throughout the State as a part of its Safety Improvement Program.   Annually, NJDOT invests $4 million in the repair and upgrading of railroad crossings, signs and warning lights, and improved visibility and striping, all designed to enhance motorist safety.   In addition to this investment in Fairfield Township, NJDOT has fully rehabilitated railroad crossings in Edison, Logan, Woodbridge, Paulsboro, Carney's Point, and Cape May City.

“With $7 billion worth of goods flowing through the State annually, New Jersey is one of the most important commercial corridors in the country,” said Lettiere.   “Our goal is to ensure the safe and efficient transport of these goods from our ports to the marketplace, and we strive to do so with as minimal an impact on local communities as possible.”

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