TRENTON, N.J. -Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes and East Windsor Township Mayor Janice Mironov joined today to activate a new traffic signal at the intersection of Old Trenton Road and One Mile Road.
The intersection had become heavily congested in recent years during the morning and evening rush hours and was the scene of several accidents before Mercer County and East Windsor Township teamed up to install the traffic signal. The project was accelerated due to the large number of pedestrians in the area, including many older residents walking from the adjacent Riviera active adult community.
"I applaud Mayor Mironov for her diligence in getting this light installed," Hughes said just before the mayor activated the light for the first time.
Early last year, congestion at the "T-shaped" intersection near Route 130 just outside of Cranbury had grown worrisome to nearby residents, who took their concerns to the East Windsor Township Council. The township then began discussions with the County on a solution and an agreement was reached to jointly fund the installation of the traffic signal.
"The installation of this traffic light was a priority for me," Mironov said. "As you may know, adding a traffic light is an involved process that takes utmost cooperation, in this case with the town, the County and the state DOT. I am extremely pleased that we were able to accomplish this together for the safety of the people of East Windsor and all the surrounding communities that use this roadway."
East Windsor financed the installation of the traffic light's underground work by using developer funds and is reimbursing the County for the cost of above-ground appurtenances, including poles, signal heads, and mast arms. The County completed the engineering design inspection, obtained the necessary State approvals, and installed the traffic signal and its components.
Hughes said Mironov and East Windsor officials were partners throughout the project and that he was pleased with the sharing of services and resources between the County and the township.
"Collaboration like we saw on this project enables us to react and respond to constituents' concerns more quickly," he said. "Sharing services also makes projects such as this one more cost-effective for our taxpayers."
As part of the traffic light installation, the intersection was re-striped to provide a separate right and left turn lane on One Mile Road. The striping on Old Trenton Road will remain, providing a single travel lane in each direction. The light includes a lead left-turn signal for southbound Old Trenton Road to accommodate the heavy left-turn movement, and the traffic signal also includes accommodations for pedestrians. Neither roadway widening nor right-of-way acquisition was required as part of the traffic signal installation.