South Brunswick officially broke ground Saturday on a long anticipated improvement project at the intersection of Route 27 and Beekman Road.
The improvement project includes widening the intersection, an improved turn radius, and the addition of a right-hand turn lane. The intersection will also receive a new traffic signal with right-hand turn only lighting.
"This is a long time coming and so many people have worked on this over the years," said Councilman Joseph Camarota earlier this year.
The township went out to bond for the approximately $1 million improvement project about three years ago, but the work was delayed due to difficulties obtaining approval from the state. An estimated 3,000 cars per day travel on Beekman as a connector between Route 1 and Route 27.
The improvements are part of an ongoing plan to improve safety and traffic on Beekman Road, with the intersection regularly backed up with motorists making various turns and going to the shopping center across the street in Franklin.
Earlier this year, the speed limit on Beekman was lowered from 45 miles per hour to 35 miles per hour. In addition, the township will install two crosswalks adjacent to the entrances of both Veterans Park and Beech Woods Park on Beekman.
Township officials said earlier this month they hope the intersection improvement project will be completed before the end of the year.
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