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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ

Contact: Marc Lavorgna

RELEASE: January 12, 2005

NJDOT constructs temporary sidewalk along Route 27 southbound in Edison

(Edison) Acting on concerns raised by State Senator Barbara Buono, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) has constructed a new blacktop sidewalk along of Route 27 southbound for pedestrians traveling to and from the Metropark train station in Edison Township.  


The new sidewalk is a temporary safety fix that will be serve as a stopgap measure until the Department begins construction on the large scale Route 27 Wood Avenue Intersection reconstruction project, scheduled to begin in the Spring of 2007.


“The Department's commitment to pedestrian safety is intended to ensure a higher quality of life for our residents,” said NJDOT Commissioner Jack Lettiere.   “By working together with legislators like Senator Buono and local communities, the Department is able to respond quickly to their concerns.   This type of cooperation is paramount to our success.”


Senator Buono (D-Middlesex) was instrumental in bringing this safety problem to the Department's attention and pushed for a fast solution to the problem to ensure the safety of pedestrians walking along this stretch of Route 27.


“I am pleased to have had the opportunity to work with the DOT on solving this safety concern,” said Senator Buono D-Middlesex.  “I would like to thank Commissioner Jack Lettiere for his quick response with the installation of the protection sidewalk which has already benefited many Metropark commuters.”


For years there had been no sidewalk on the southbound side of Route 27 between Cedar Lane and the nearby Exxon station.   Heavy pedestrian traffic to and from the Metropark Station along the side of the road had created a makeshift footpath.   This footpath presented a safety risk to all who traveled along it because of rough terrain, poor visibility and very dim lighting.


In addition, a number of telephone poles exist along this path, so it was impossible for a normal sidewalk to be built.  


An NJDOT maintenance crew was able to lay down bituminous concrete along the worn walkway, and around the telephone poles, creating a much safer temporary sidewalk for the use of all pedestrian traffic along this section of the southbound side of Route 27 in Edison.


The NJDOT is currently in the preliminary design stage of the Route 27 Wood Avenue Intersection reconstruction project.   This project will improve the traffic flow and safety at this intersection by replacing the existing intersection with a grade separation bridge structure that will elevate Route 27 over Wood Avenue, allowing Wood Avenue traffic to pass underneath.   Once completed, this project will provide a new and permanent walkway along Route 27 southbound for even better pedestrian access to the Metropark station.  


The project is scheduled for construction in Spring 2007.


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