Essex County To Host Info Session On Bloomfield Avenue Traffic Signal & Safety Improvement Project

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Essex County will host a Public Information Center to present proposed improvements to Montclair’s Bloomfield Avenue Corridor on Tuesday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. in Municipal Council Chambers, 205 Claremont Avenue, Montclair.

The purpose of the Public Information Center is to present all interested parties with a description of the proposed design improvements to the Bloomfield Avenue Corridor in the Township of Montclair. It is the intention of the County of Essex to obtain comments from all interested parties for use in evaluating the impact of the design. It is the goal of the County to improve traffic operations, roadway deficiencies and safety along the roadway while maintaining the integrity of the corridor and limiting impacts to the surrounding environment, cultural resources and properties.

PROJECT BACKGROUND
County Route 506 (Bloomfield Ave) is owned and operated by the County of Essex. Bloomfield Avenue is a major transportation link in Essex County extending between the Township of Caldwell to the west and the Township of Bloomfield to the east. The project limits encompass a 1.2-mile section beginning at the intersection of N/S Mountain Drive to Maple Avenue/Pine Street.

The County proposed to undertake improvements, utilizing Federal Local Safety Program funding, to provide a safe roadway that accommodates current and future traffic demands, meets current design standards and serves the local community while at the same time minimizing impacts to the environment.

COMMUNITY RELATIONS
Essex County, in conjunction with the NJDOT and NJTPA, is committed to developing roadway improvements that satisfy local and regional transportation needs and safety concerns. Residents from the surrounding area are encouraged to actively participate by attending public information centers. By participating, interested citizens can provide insight and suggestions that will assist engineers and governmental agencies in developing the most technically sound and environmentally sensitive alternative for improving the transportation infrastructure within the area that compliments current and future needs of the community.

TENTATIVE PROJECT SCHEDULE
Final Design & Construction Bidding – 4Q 2019
Begin Construction – 2Q 2020
Complete Construction – 3Q 2021

KEY PROJECT ELEMENTS
New ADA Compliant Curb Ramps
New Traffic Signals including Pedestrian Features
New Extra -Wide Ergonomic Crosswalks
Improved Traffic Conditions through the Corridor
Improved Safety for All Users
Improved Walkability through Corridor
Improved Access to Local Businesses

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