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Which Roads Should Township Prioritize for Repair?

Township Council has been considering which neighborhood roads to target for improvement program.

The South Brunswick Township Council has held ongoing discussions about which roads to target as part of the Transportation Improvement program. , with repairs completed to Stouts Lane, Fresh Ponds Road, Riva Avenue, and Perrine Road.

While some of the roads targeted for improvement only require milling and paving, other roadways require significant upgrades in addition to repaving, including sanitary and storm sewer improvements, curbing replacement and water line replacement.

Nearly 50 roads in South Brunswick have been listed as priorities, with the total cost for the varying repairs on all of the roads estimated at about $14 million. If the township were to choose to complete all of the repairs this year, it would need to go out to bond for the funding. Over 15 years, the bond would cost about $887,000 per year, or over 20 years it would cost about $725,000 per year.

The township already has the bulk of the funding in place for a down payment through off track improvement funds and existing ordinances.

Short of repairing every road on the target list, the council is also working to prioritize which areas are most in need of immediate improvements by separating the roads into districts.

Transportation Improvement districts number two and three were sited as the areas in the worst state of disrepair. These districts include Cranston Road, Raleigh Road, Starling Road, Calvin Road, Alston Road, and Ridge Road from Route 1 to Railroad Avenue. These repairs include water main and partial storm sewer replacement. The estimated cost for these repairs comes in at about $2.7 million.

District five was also listed as a high priority. This district includes Stanley Avenue, Quincy Circle, Madison Place, Lincoln Lane, Garfield Court, Jason Circle, Jeffery Circle, Woodland Way and Scott Court. The estimated cost for these repairs comes in at about $4 million.

Improvement district number one includes parts of Sand Hills Road from Route 27 to Hawthorne, Sturgis Road, Rumson Road, Bedford Road, Stevens Road, Langley Road, Woodbine Road, Russett Road, and Waller Court. The total cost for this district is estimated at about $5.2 million.

Out of the districts identified as top priorities by the council for improvement, which roads should be targeted first? What other roads need to be considered? Tell us in the comments.

Larry Gordinier May 07, 2012 at 05:19 PM
I second the new Road and Route 1 intersection yet is beyond bad Larry G. Starling Resident
Marc C. Kollar May 07, 2012 at 06:18 PM
New Road and Rte. 1 is not the township's responsibility. ALL intersections along Rte. 1 are the responsibility of NJDOT. NJDOT is not going to move on any realignment because of their plan to enlarge and realign the corridor. For more info on where this project stands, visit: http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/works/studies/rte1forrestaltoaaron/
Susan May 07, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Unstand the realignment issues, however, the road (New Road/Rt.1) is in great need of repair (paving). The potholes are enormous and many. Almost undriveable.
catherine May 09, 2012 at 04:30 AM
Oh I so agree with Susan and Larry on this one. As a 30 plus year resident, I drive on New Road across to Monmouth Junction quite frequently. The potholes and the general deterioration of that road at the intersection is a hazzard, and a great shame!
Kenneth Hartman May 21, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Richard road needs to be repaved badly. It has to be over 35 years since it was touched. The end of the road is like a washboard and extremely dangerous in bad weather conditions since it’s directly off route one. My anti-lock brakes kick in every day when I get to the bottom of the street because it so rough. Not asking for curbs or sidewalks...Just clean the road up or at least pave the end!

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