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Route 1, Forrestal Road to Aaron Road

South Brunswick, North Brunswick and Plainsboro Townships, Middlesex County


Overview

The Route 1 corridor is a major regional transportation facility in the Central region of New Jersey. Over the past few decades, various operational and safety improvements have been made along this roadway.

The focus of this study is the section of Route 1 that passes through South Brunswick Township from Forrestal Road to the southernmost portion of North Brunswick Township in the area of Aaron Road (milepost 13.30 to milepost 22.50). The existing roadway provides for two travel lanes in each direction, constricting the flow of traffic between the six lane sections to the north and south.

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) will determine the appropriate methods to eliminate or reduce congestion and avoid severe delays. Previous studies have investigated a system based transportation approach and multi-modal alternatives.

The first phase of this project is Concept Development, in which a Purpose and Needs Statement must be established for the project and concept alternatives are developed to address any project needs. The Purpose and Needs Statement will concentrate on deficiencies along the Route 1 Corridor within the study limits. Concepts will look at initiatives such as the Route 1 Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), and North Brunswick Transit Orientated Development (TOD). Coordination with other study projects in the area will be considered such as the Route 1 Regional Growth Strategy Project.

route 1 looking south photo
Route 1 (looking south)

route 1 looking north photo
Route 1 (looking north)

The second phase of the project is Preliminary Engineering and the development of an Environmental Document that conforms to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. The third phase of the project is Final Design, which depends on the transportation improvements and may require the project to be divided into separate construction contract phases.

The following is the anticipated schedule for the project. Both funding and the types of proposed improvements will influence the final design and construction schedule.

Concept Development Phase May 2009 - January 2011
Preliminary Engineering and Environmental Studies Phase Spring 2011 - Fall 2012
Design Phase(s) To be determined
Construction Phase(s) To be determined
 
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  Last Updated:  October 14, 2009