County’s Rt. 601 Pedestrian Project Completed – Safely Links High School, Parks & BlawenburgPosted on June 28, 2018
Somerset County’s Pedestrian Improvement Project on Route 601 between Blawenburg and Montgomery High School is now finished, yielding significant safety improvements for students and for all pedestrians, just in time for Thursday’s Independence Day Celebration at Montgomery High School. The new sidewalks, crossings, and bridge expansion were begun last August after careful planning with the input of state and local officials and the Montgomery school board.
The attractive multi-use path and sidewalk has been constructed on the east side of County Route 601. The path and sidewalk goes from the traffic signal at the high school south to the bridge over Rock Brook, where a concrete brick paver sidewalk starts south of the bridge and extends to the corner of CR 518, matching the paver sidewalks in the village of Blawenburg. The existing truss bridge over Rock Brook now has a steel cantilever sidewalk extension added to the east side of the truss.
A new pedestrian crossing has been located at the entrance to Skillman Park across to the South entrance to the High School. The crossing includes a pedestrian activated Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB). The majority of the project construction cost of $2,334,000 was paid by New Jersey Department of Transportation under the County Aid portion of NJDOT’s local-aid grant program.
“I sought State funding for this project for years and I am thrilled to see it finally completed!” said Freeholder Mark Caliguire, also a current resident and former mayor of Montgomery. “The end result provides safe pedestrian linkages connecting popular destinations such as the high school, Skillman Park, and Blawenburg shops in this busily traveled part of Montgomery,” he noted.
For more information about the CR 601 improvement project, including a road safety audit and a PowerPoint with some additional displays, visit the county Engineering Division’s webpage at http://bit.ly/CR601Rt601PedImprovemtsLayout