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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ

Contact: Brendan Gill or Erin Phalon

RELEASE: March 7, 2006


NJDOT cross median accident prevention program advances

Department awards barrier contract for

Routes 24, 78, 80, 280 and 287

 (Trenton) Acting Commissioner Kris Kolluri today announced that the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) will install median barriers along 38,000 feet of Routes 24, 78, 80, 280 and 287 in Morris, Union, Warren, Sussex, Essex, Bergen, Hunterdon and Somerset counties. The installation of barriers at these locations will prevent cross-median collisions.


"Increasing safety on New Jersey's roadways is NJDOT's highest priority," said Acting Commissioner Kolluri. "The installation of these median barriers will help save lives by preventing head-on collisions on some of the state's busiest highways."  


NJDOT awarded Highway Safety Systems Inc. of Hammonton a $2,200,792 contract to install over 20,000 feet of new guiderail and replace 18,000 feet of existing guiderail.   The contractor will begin to install the barriers in April and complete the project by mid-July.


The median barriers will be installed at the following locations:


  • Route 24 at Pitney Place in Hanover, Morris County; Lancaster Road in Madison, Morris County; at the NJ Transit Bridge in Summit, Union County; and at Springfield Avenue in Springfield, Union County.  
  • Route 78 at Route 173 in Bloomsbury, Hunterdon County; from Leigh Street to Beaver Brook in Clinton, Hunterdon County; at the Raritan River in Bedminster, Somerset County; and at Morris Avenue in Springfield, Morris County.   


  • Route 80 at Paulins Kill in Knowlton, Warren County; Waterloo Road in Byram, Sussex County; Stanhope Road in Mount Olive, Morris County; Route 206 in Mount Olive, Morris County; Landing Road in Roxbury, Morris County; Mill Road in Roxbury, Morris County; and Route 15 in Wharton, Morris County.   
  • Route 280 from Exit 4 to Livingston Avenue in Roseland, Essex County.
  • Route 287 from Easton Avenue to Davidson Avenue in Franklin, Somerset County; Garretson Road in Bridgewater, Somerset County; Harter Road in Morris Township, Morris County; and Route 17 in Mahwah, Bergen County.                                        

The NJDOT Cross Median Accident Prevention Program identifies locations where excessive numbers of cross-median head-on collisions have occurred. NJDOT then provides median barriers designed to prevent such occurrences at identified locations.


NJDOT developed the Cross Median Accident Prevention Program in response to a series of cross median accidents that occurred on a single day in 2002.   NJDOT originally identified and treated 14 accident hot spots with medians less than 30 feet wide. Since then, NJDOT expanded the program to include Interstates and freeways with medians less than 60 feet wide.  

NJDOT has designed or installed 90.45 miles of median barrier on Routes 24, 287, 80, 280, 78, 295, 42 and 95 as part the Cross Median Accident Prevention Program at a cost of $19,318,103.
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