South Brunswick Township is waiting for Department of Transportation approval for a change in an electrical connection that will finally allow the long awaited intersection improvements to Route 27 and Beekman Road to begin.
"They wanted us to make a change on the electrical connection to the light, so our engineer made the change and sent it down so we're waiting on them say everything is a go," said Mayor Frank Gambatese. "Everything is ready to go, we're just waiting for the DOT to give the okay, which should be in the next three to four days. Then we'll go out to bid on the project, but we're running out of time. If we don't get started before October, then we may have to wait until the spring."
The township went out to bond for the approximately $1 million improvement project about three years ago, yet the plan has remained in limbo due to difficulties obtaining approval from the state. The small two-lane road is regularly clogged with motorists making various turns and going to the shopping center across the street in Franklin.
"This work is just absolutely necessary to help with the backup on both Beekman and 27, which is bad in the morning and in the evening is just horrendous," Gambatese said earlier this month. "It's getting worse too, there's no room for buses and it's dangerous at times. It has to be corrected and it's a shame that it's taking this long, but that's the nature of the beast."
The improvement project will include the widening of the intersection, an improved turn radius, and the addition of a right-hand turn lane. The intersection will also receive a new traffic signal that will include right-hand turn only lighting.
"I'm confident we'll be able to start the project by the end of September, but it may not be operational by the time we have to shut down for the winter," Gambatese said.