RED BANK, NJ – The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders held an activation ceremony for a new traffic signal on the intersection of Shrewsbury Avenue Drs. James Parker Boulevard on Wednesday, Sept. 17.
“This project is the result studies at this intersection to allow better traffic flow at the intersection, particularly from Drs. James Parker Boulevard onto County Route 13 (Shrewsbury Avenue),” said Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone, liaison to the County’s Department of Public Works and Engineering. “The goal was to improve operations and overall safety for the many pedestrians who walk through this busy intersection daily.”
Based on the County’s study, in-house County engineers designed the state of the art traffic signal which has dedicated turn lanes, improved crosswalks and push-button control pedestrian signals.
The traffic signal uses LED lights that costs less to operate and is eco-friendly. The signal equipment also has an eight hour battery back-up that will keep the intersection operational in the event of a power outage.
Arnone thanked all parties involved in working with the County to advance this project including North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), Red Bank Borough Officials and local business and property owners.
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The contractor for this project is Fai-Gon Electric based in Piscataway. The cost of construction is approximately $335,000.00.
This project was funded under the Federal Highway Administration 2013 Local Safety Program and is administered by the NJDOT Local Aid Office.
“I am also proud to announce that County has recently received notice that another project in Red Bank has been authorized for funding under the NJTPA 2015 Local Safety Program,” said Arnone, who is the County’s liaison to NJTPA. “The County will receive approximately $315,000 in NJTPA funding to replace another antiquated existing traffic signal at the intersection of County Route 11 (Broad Street) and East Bergen Place.”
The new traffic signal will significantly improve pedestrian safety.