By Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios
Middlesex County has an outstanding reputation for being both fiscally responsible and responsive to the needs of our residents. One critical area for both the County and our residents is the safety and effectiveness of our roads, bridges, buildings and technological systems. In other words, the County takes great care in maintaining and upgrading our infrastructure.
To achieve this goal, we continuously update our Capital Improvement Program, an ongoing list of projects that help us ensure that everything in the County is kept safe and up-to-date. As part of this plan, each year we assess the state of our roads, bridges, sports fields, buildings and parks. We also study our emergency communications and other technical systems for reliability and effectiveness. We do this to ensure the safety of our residents throughout the county, whether they are using our roads, enjoying our parks or needing to access important information in the case of an emergency.
This constant monitoring and planning is conducted through our Department of Infrastructure Management. It has enabled us over the years to remain in the top five counties statewide for safe bridges and roads.
We currently have a number of projects under construction. The largest of these projects is the reconstruction of one of the County’s busiest intersections, that of Ernston Road and Bordentown Avenue in Sayreville. This project, to be completed later this year, will be a welcome improvement for the area and for the 10,000 commuters who pass through it on a daily basis.
This summer we are also working to modernize Merrill Park in Woodbridge. Merrill Park is one of the County’s oldest and most heavily used parks. Through this project, it will be redesigned to separate vehicular and pedestrian traffic, enhancing the park’s beauty and safety.
Additional projects underway include: replacement of a bridge in Monroe Township, a bridge in Cranbury, improvements to Woodbridge Avenue in Woodbridge, paving projects on Plainfield Avenue in Edison and New Brunswick Avenue in Perth Amboy and various traffic signals in East Brunswick and Monroe.
This year, we plan to begin two projects to improve River Road in Piscataway, from Route 287 all the way through the Rutgers football stadium.
In all, there are 82 projects in active design that the County hopes to begin over the next three to five years. These projects range from bridges and roads to even more work within our County Parks.
The Board of Chosen Freeholders is dedicated to making Middlesex County a place that is safe and offers the very best in recreational and education opportunities. We will continue to ensure that Middlesex County remains the “Greatest County in the Land!
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