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Stalled (Again) Route 518 Bridge Replacement Project Could Re-Start This Week

Stalled (Again) Route 518 Bridge Replacement Project Could Re-Start This Week

Work on the Route 518 bridge is expected to resume this week, nearly two weeks after contractors found traces of a possible carcinogen in the ground around the construction area. Workers found creosote, a wood preservation chemical, in the ground and water near the bridge earlier this month. Work was immediately stopped so that an […]








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Police Body Cam Program Hits Bump; Original Cameras Obsolete, Needed Replacement

Police Body Cam Program Hits Bump; Original Cameras Obsolete, Needed Replacement

Technology, like time, waits for no one. Township police found that out recently when the decision was made to roll out the body worn camera program, a pilot program using cameras that had been purchased in 2015 through a grant from the state Attorney General. The plan hit a road bump recently when police officials […]








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Six Mile Run Bridge Replacement Project On South Middlebush Road Progresses

Six Mile Run Bridge Replacement Project On South Middlebush Road Progresses

South Middlebush Road commuters and residents, brace yourselves: The Six Mile Run bridge replacement is moving forward. Work is expected to begin this summer, and will result in road closures and detours, a county official said. The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders is advertising for bids for the project, which county engineers have estimated […]








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State: Route 518 Bridge Work To Resume Nov. 21

State: Route 518 Bridge Work To Resume Nov. 21

The bridge replacement project on Route 518 between the township and Rocky Hill is set to resume on Nov. 21, a state spokesman said. Work on the $2.75 million project was halted on July 8, when Gov. Chris Christie signed Executive Order 210, which froze funding for all Transportation Trust Fund -funded road projects not […]








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Road Construction Projects Will Result In Road Closures, Traffic

Road Construction Projects Will Result In Road Closures, Traffic

Two road construction projects in different parts of the township promise to snarl traffic for a while. Work planned for a section of DeMott Lane is expected to last into September, while another project on Route 27 in Franklin Park is slated for the weekend of Aug. 26-29. Both projects will result in road closures. […]








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Library Board Considers Televising Its Meetings

Library Board Considers Televising Its Meetings

At the prompting of Mayor Phillip Kramer, the Library Board of Trustees is researching the cost of recording and televising its monthly meetings. The trustees meet in the library’s Historical Records room. Kramer, who has long been a proponent of public bodies televising their meetings, said the trustees could meet in the Township Council chamber, which is […]








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Churchill Ave., Canal Rd. Get Makeovers

Churchill Ave., Canal Rd. Get Makeovers

Another round of road reconstruction projects has begun. Churchill Avenue between Route 27 and Veronica Road will be closed to through traffic for about the next two weeks as it is milled and repaved. Once that project is completed, the same contractor – Top Line Construction of Somerville – will head over to Canal Road to […]








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Temporary Closing Of New Brunswick Road Possible With Al’s Brook Bridge Replacement

Temporary Closing Of New Brunswick Road Possible With Al’s Brook Bridge Replacement

A plan that would temporarily close New Brunswick Road to replace an aging bridge was endorsed March 10 by the Township Council. The council voted to push the “preliminary preferred plan” to replace the Al’s Brook bridge, which carries New Brunswick Road close to the Cedar Grove Lane intersection. The bridge, which was built around […]








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More Road Projects Set To Begin

More Road Projects Set To Begin

Intermittent closures and detours will greet drivers on some township streets in the coming weeks as road projects get underway. The most immediate project will take place on John F. Kennedy Boulevard, between Webster and Renfro roads. That project is expected to begin on Aug. 29 and will continue on Sept. 2 and 3. Work […]








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