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TRENTON, N.J. -Mercer County Department of Transportation and Infrastructure announces that the widening and reconstruction project at Quakerbridge Road near Hughes Drive, in Hamilton, is in the final phases of construction and work should be finished after the New Year.

The widening and reconstruction project will add a much-needed left turn lane on Quakerbridge Road and a new traffic signal at the Hughes Drive intersection. While the ancillary construction work is now complete, the local electric, cable television and phone utilities must still be relocated, and work crews are tackling that task now by moving one bundle at a time, beginning at the top of each pole, said Mercer County DOT&I Director Aaron Watson.

Each utility must be moved separately, said Watson, and the steps are methodical. Watson added that many crews from local utility companies have been called on to assist with cleanup in the wake of Hurricane Ike. "We've were able to design this project in such a way that one lane of traffic in each direction was operational at all times - the road was never closed - and users of Quakerbridge Road have been happy about that,'' said Watson. "Now that local utility crews have been called upon to help get the residents of Texas back on their feet, we are even more grateful that we've been able to keep this roadway and local commerce alive as we near the end of the project, and we certainly support the effort to get utility services back up and running for the people of Texas."

The county is approximately 240 days into the improvement project. Once all three utility companies have relocated their lines to the newly erected poles, the final phase of work can be completed, weather permitting.