FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEWARK – Two sections of Asbury-Bloomsbury Road (CR 632) in Franklin and Washington townships will be made safer through a project approved by the North Jersey Transportation Authority (NJTPA) Board of Trustees.
The upgrades are included in the NJTPA’s Fiscal Year 2012 High Risk Rural Roads Program, which provides federal funds for safety improvements to rural roadways with crash rates that exceed the state average. The Board approved the projects at its September 12 meeting.
The two sections of the corridor targeted by the project have exhibited a high frequency of crashes both on and off the roadway. Plans call for the installation of ultra-reflective signage, oversized warning signs to provide updates on road conditions, brighter pavement markings and roadway delineators. A total of $238,000 was approved for the project.
"These improvements will provide drivers with the information they need to safely navigate the road," said Warren County Freeholder Jason Sarnoski, who represents the county on the NJTPA Board. "We anticipate that the project will reduce the risk of vehicle crashes and help keep drivers aware of changes in roadway conditions."
In total, the NJTPA will allocate approximately $1.2 million for High Risk Rural Road Program projects in FY 2012. The program reflects the regional priorities outlined in Plan 2035, the long-range transportation plan for the NJTPA region, including the goal to make travel safer.
The NJTPA is the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for 13 northern New Jersey Counties. Under federal legislation, MPOs provide a forum where local officials, public transportation providers and state agency representatives can come together and cooperatively plan to meet the region’s current and future transportation needs. It establishes the region’s eligibility to receive federal tax dollars for transportation projects.
The NJTPA Board consists of one local elected official from each of the 13 counties in the region (Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren), and the cities of Newark and Jersey City. The Board also includes a Governor’s Representative, the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation, the Executive Directors of NJ Transit and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and a Citizen’s Representative appointed by the Governor.
David Behrend, NJTPA