TRENTON – The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) announced Thursday that Route 27 will be resurfaced in both directions from the vicinity of Sanford Street to the vicinity of Parillo Drive along a three mile stretch where the highway borders Franklin Township in Somerset County to the north and North Brunswick in Middlesex County to the south.
NJDOT’s contractor, Schifano Construction, has begun preliminary construction activities including site mobilization and sign installation earlier this week. Initial construction efforts – set to begin next week – will focus on curb and sidewalk repairs and the installation of new ADA-compliant curb ramps.
Route 27 is a heavily traveled arterial route in central New Jersey so the Department has scheduled construction around peak period travel hours in order to minimize traffic impacts. All work requiring lane closures will be restricted to overnight hours.
The $1.7 million project will improve motorist safety and extend the pavement lifespan along the full width of the roadway at each location, including all travel lanes, turn lanes, shoulders and median openings. Upgraded signage and roadway striping will also be provided as needed. Traffic signal modifications and ADA-compliant curb ramp upgrades will be included at certain locations. New image detection cameras will be installed at certain intersections to replace the existing, underground loop detectors. These cameras are linked to traffic signals and help maximize the capacity of Route 27.
NJDOT anticipates project completion in fall 2013.
NJDOT will use variable messaging signs to inform motorists of the construction and any traffic pattern changes associated with the project. The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website www.511nj.org for construction updates and real-time travel information.
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