Work Set For Two Intersections On Easton Avenue, Expected to Last Four Months

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The Easton-Willow avenues intersection is one of two on the county road that will undergo renovations starting around March 14.

A $1 million project to upgrade two Easton Avenue intersections is set to begin on March 14 and is expected to last up to four months.

The work, contracted and paid for by Somerset County, will be conducted at Easton and Willow avenues, and at the Easton Mall jug handle by Black Rock Enterprises of Old Bridge. The Easton Mall’s anchor store is Planet Fitness.

The work entails replacing the intersection’s traffic signals, modifying their center medians and reconstructing their sidewalks.

Somerset County engineer Matt Loper said the median work will include installing “crash cushions,” which are placed at the ends of the medians and designed to absorb a vehicle’s impact in a collision.

The traffic signals need to be replaced, he said, because the existing ones do not meet current federal standards.

He said the crossings will be reconstructed to include ADA-compliant ramps “designed to be built (to) meet or exceed ADA Accessibility Standards as well as Public Right of Way Accessibility Guide.”

The Easton Mall access drive will be slightly widened, Loper said, to “include a dedicated right turn lane to encourage smooth flow of traffic.”

The work will be conducted from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, according to an announcement from Somerset County. Traffic lanes will be maintained, but will be shifted to accommodate the construction, so delays can be expected, the county notice said.


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