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FY2021 Freight Concept Development Program Studies


    This FY2021 funded consultant activity will complete two concept development studies for: the Berkshire Valley Road Truck Circulation Project in Roxbury, Morris County; and the Port Reading Secondary South Main Street Grade Crossing Elimination Project in Bound Brook, Somerset County. The studies are scheduled for completion in June of 2023.

    The Berkshire Valley Road Truck Circulation Project will look at improving truck circulation along Berkshire Valley Road in Roxbury. Two specific issues will be looked at: low overhead clearance (11 feet, 5 inches) where the Morris County owned Chester Branch rail bridge crosses over Berkshire Valley Road, and a poorly configured intersection of North Dell Avenue and Berkshire Valley Road adjacent to where the Chester Branch crosses over Berkshire Valley Road. The project would result in a more direct truck route avoiding residential areas. Freight mobility and safety would be improved by preventing truck collisions with the rail bridge which often result in the bridge being taken out of service for repairs impacting rail operations.
     

    The Port Reading Secondary South Main Street Grade Crossing Elimination Project will look at the potential elimination of the Port Reading Secondary grade crossing at South Main Street (Queens Bridge) in Bound Brook. The number and length of daily freight trains result in significant congestion and delay throughout the downtown area when the gates are down. Eliminating this grade crossing would greatly improve mobility.  



    Primary tasks performed by the consultant for each study will include: data collection, community outreach, development of the purpose and need statement, development of alternatives, selection of preliminary preferred alternative and NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) classification.

    For further information on this project, please contact Jakub Rowinski, NJTPA Project Manager at jrowinski@njtpa.org.