18th Legislative District roadways and bridges among NJDOT’s proposed improvement projects

Some of the busiest roadways and most heavily traveled bridges within the 18th Legislative District are slated to receive more than $39 million for construction and design for replacement or rehabilitation.

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT) Capital Program for Fiscal Year 2023 includes planned investments for major projects along Route 18 in East Brunswick, Route 1 in Edison, and Grove Avenue in Metuchen.

Senator Patrick J. Diegnan Jr., Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak and Assemblyman Sterley Stanley thanked DOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti and the department for their continued focus on safety, infrastructure preservation, congestion relief, and maintenance.

“The 18th Legislative District sits at the crossroads of our state with heavy traffic along both Route 18 and Route 1,” Diegnan, Karabinchak and Stanley said in a joint statement.

“We are delighted to work with the DOT to address these important infrastructure priorities of our residents so that we can improve vehicular and pedestrian safety and improve traffic flow.”

Reflecting the need to prioritize careful spending through the evaluation of transportation needs, the DOT’s Capital Program targets limited resources toward safety, fix-it-first and state-of-good repair initiatives.

The DOT plans to invest $32 million for drainage, pavement rehabilitation and pedestrian safety along Route 18 in East Brunswick. The project consists of pavement reconstruction and resurfacing and addressing flooding problems. The project includes full reconstruction of the right lanes in both directions at various locations. In addition, upgrades are slated for all curb ramps and midblock crosswalks that are not Americans with Disabilities Act compliant. Improvements to Route 18 at the highway’s Edgeboro Road intersection and Tices Lane intersection are also proposed. If warranted, traffic signals and lighting will be upgraded within the project limits.

The DOT also plans to invest $4.4 million for designing the rehabilitation of the Route 1 North side of the Goodkind Bridge, which connects New Brunswick with Edison over the Raritan River. Built in 1929, the bridge was last modified in 1971.

The DOT plans to invest a combined $3.25 million for designing and addressing the right of way to replace the Route 18 North bridge over the Conrail railroad line in East Brunswick and the Grove Avenue bridge over the Port Reading railroad line in Metuchen.

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