Fox announces $3 million funding agreement
for improvements at Route 18 in East Brunswick
Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox today joined with State Senator Barbara Buono, East Brunswick Mayor William Neary, and other local officials to announce that the New Jersey Department Of Transportation will contribute $3 million in funding for an improvement project along Route 18 in East Brunswick.
Fox said the improvement project will help alleviate long-standing congestion at several intersections, including Tices Lane. Approximately 58,000 vehicles each weekday use Route 18 through East Brunswick.
"Congestion wastes time and money and is outright frustrating. This is a heavily traveled stretch of Route 18 on which the livelihood of many businesses depend on good access," Fox said. "Around the state we are trying to bring these types of projects to construction so that motorists can get to where they are going easily and safely. I want to thank Senator Buono and Mayor Neary for sharing their concerns with us."
"There has been a chronic congestion problem for quite some time now, on and around Route 18 in East Brunswick, specifically on Tices Lane," said Senator Buono. "The Department of Transportation money being invested here today will go towards addressing issues this community has faced for a long time. Rather than rely on property taxes to fund a lion share of the program, East Brunswick used donations from those who will benefit the most from the project - the businesses that will receive greater visibility and better access to the community from improvement."
"This Route 18 area traffic improvement is the first in over a decade. The project,
which will improve the daily commute for thousands, will more importantly from a local perspective, ease local traffic which at times under current conditions is grid-locked," Mayor Neary said.
The project includes widening the intersection of Tices Lane and Route 18 and constructing jughandles. In addition, improvements will be made at the intersection of West Prospect Street and Route 18, and along Tices Lane and the intersection of Tices Lane and Old Bridge Turnpike.