MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE
Mayor Ed Trzaska
Deputy Mayor Rich Smith
Patricia Graham
Christine Madrid
Mark Conforti 

Pedestrian Improvements 
on Rt. 601

By Somerset County Freeholder Mark Caliguire

TUESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2017
Many of you may have noticed the activity on County Route 601 between Blawenburg and Montgomery High School that is getting under way this week.  It's a significant amount of work that has been planned for some time with the input of state, local and Montgomery school board officials. The construction zone runs from County Route 518 to the main driveway at Montgomery High School and the results will be a dramatic safety improvement for students and all other pedestrians. 

A multi-use path and sidewalk will be constructed on the east side of the roadway. The asphalt path will go from the traffic signal at the high school south to the bridge over Rock Brook. A concrete brick paver sidewalk will start south of the bridge and extend to the corner of CR 518 to match the paver sidewalks in the village of Blawenburg. The existing truss bridge over Rock Brook will have a steel cantilever sidewalk extension added to the east side of the truss.

Construction began the week of Aug. 7 and will continue through the end of November.

Work will be performed in three phases that will impact traffic in the area:
  • Phase 1 - Work on the sidewalk and curb will have traffic lanes reduced to one lane with police flaggers, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., August thru September.
  • Phase 2 - Steel modifications to the bridge truss will require nighttime closure of the roadway so no traffic is on the bridge, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., Monday night to Friday night in October. The road will be open in the daytime.
  • Phase 3 - A lane shift of traffic to the west side of the roadway at the bridge will provide a work zone on the east side to complete the cantilever bridge work, guide rail and bridge railings. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained. This phase of the work will be done in November.
The majority of the project construction cost of $2,334,000 will be paid by New Jersey Department of Transportation under the County Aid portion of NJDOT's local-aid grant program.

For more information about the CR 601 improvement project, including a road safety audit and a PowerPoint with some additional displays, visit the county Engineering Division's webpage at http://bit.ly/CR601 

As I have written before in my column in the Township newsletter, I have been trying to get funding for this project for years and I am thrilled to see it finally happening!  There may be a bit more traffic in the area at certain times of day during construction, but the end result will be worth it.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, don't hesitate to reach out to me at Caliguire@Co.SOMERSET.NJ.US or at my freeholder office at 908-231-7030.

All the best,

Mark


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