LHT Safe Crossings Construction in Hopewell Twp

May 20, 2010 by  
Filed under Latest Trail Updates, News

Construction work will begin soon on safe bicycle/pedestrian crossings at the intersection of Pennington-Rocky Hill Road and Bailey Drive in Hopewell Township to accommodate further expansion of the LHT.

The entire cost of the planned safety improvements is covered by a $275,000 grant from the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT).

Awarded by the State last year, the grant is earmarked for LHT bicycle-pedestrian road crossings as well as some trail development on the Hillman Preserve in Hopewell Township, which is owned by the D&R Greenway Land Trust.

Specific projects to be accomplished include a safe crosswalk over Pennington-Rocky Hill Road and another at Bailey Drive. Significant signage and pedestrian-activated lighting to warn oncoming motorists when the crosswalk is in use are also being installed.

Work at Pennington-Rocky Hill and Bailey Drive is slated to start the week of May 24. The new crosswalks and features should take about six weeks to complete.

Roads will remain open, but the contractor will be slowing traffic and opening only one lane during certain stages of construction. Traffic will be directed around the work at times. Motorists should be especially cautious so crews can remain safe and finish their jobs as quickly as possible.

Other safe crossings in Hopewell Township are scheduled to be worked on this summer too. Another crossing over Pennington-Rocky Hill near Old Mill Road and one at Titus Mill and Wargo Roads will be constructed as soon as designs are finalized.