Boro moves forward with blinking crosswalk project: updated

Jan. 22, 2016: Borough officials will meet soon with state officials to kick off the first phase of a project to install blinking crosswalks at five borough intersections.

Blinking crosswalks are set to be installed at the intersections of Main Street and High Street, Main Street and Brunswick Avenue, Central Avenue and Liberty Street, Grove Avenue and Christol Street and Grove Avenue and Mason Drive.

Update: A blinking crosswalk also will be installed at Route 27 and Oak Avenue, borough administrator Jennifer Maier said Monday.

Borough officials will meet with representatives of the state Department of Transportation on Feb. 4 to discuss the first steps of the project, including engineering drawings and bid specs, Maier said.

The borough will work with engineering firm Parsons Brinckerhoff on the engineering work. The state DOT is paying for the engineering portion of the project, Maier said.

Metuchen will be responsible for about $25,000 for the blinking crosswalk at the intersection of Grove Avenue and Mason Drive, Maier said. That intersection was not included in the original grant request. Overall, the borough received a $192,000 grant in 2014 for the work through the New Jersey Safe Routes to School program.

More recently, the state DOT created a fund to help municipalities pay for the engineering portion of the work, Maier said. This helped the borough move the project forward.

It’s not clear when the project will be completed. Maier said she will know more about timing after the Feb. 4 meeting with DOT officials.





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