Pedestrian safety and mobility to be improved
Complete Streets accommodations planned for multiple locations on and around busy Route 4
(Trenton) - Highlighting the type of work that is converting New Jersey’s award-winning Complete Streets policy into action, NJDOT officials today announced a project to improve pedestrian safety and mobility at several locations on and around highly-traveled Route 4 in Teaneck Township, Bergen County.
NJDOT’s contractor, New Prince Concrete Construction, Inc., has begun preliminary construction activity - including sign installation and site mobilization - this week, requiring periodic daytime shoulder closures.
Improvements to be made in Teaneck include the installation of new sidewalks, ADA-compliant crosswalks and curb ramps, pedestrian countdown signal heads and various other pedestrian safety improvement features along sections of Route 4 and the local roadway system at:
• the River Road interchange (near Fairleigh Dickinson University)
• the Teaneck Road interchange
• numerous locations in the vicinity of Faragut Drive/Webster Avenue/Alfred Avenue and Decatur Avenue
• the corner of Sussex Road and Billington Road, a block north of Route 4
NJDOT will utilize temporary traffic control devices, such as concrete barrier, throughout the project limits to minimize the impact to the motoring public. Single lane closures are allowed overnight, however the contractor will perform the majority of work alongside the highly-traveled state highway, so impacts are expected to be minimal. The $846,000 state-funded project, advanced in response to Teaneck's request to address pedestrian mobility needs within their municipality, is scheduled to be completed in late-spring 2014.
The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website www.511nj.org for construction updates and real-time travel information.
NJDOT's Complete Streets policy – internally adopted in 2009 and consistently recognized as a national model – requires that future roadway improvement projects include safe accommodations for all users, including bicyclists, pedestrians, transit riders and the mobility-impaired. This policy is implemented through the planning, design, construction, maintenance and operation of new or rehabilitated transportation facilities within public rights-of-way that are federally or state funded, including projects processed or administered by the Department.