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Frequently Asked Questions


Why are we doing this work?

This section of Route 18 is a primary regional thoroughfare for more than 85,000 vehicles a day. The road has substandard geometric features, a high rate of accidents compared to statewide averages and a need for improved traffic operations. Bridges at George Street, New Street and at Route 27 need to be replaced. Traffic signs and signals need to be added or improved and new bridges built at Carpender Place (pedestrian) and Commercial Avenue.



What other improvements will be made?

A reconstructed Route 18 will enhance safety, operations, drainage and landscaping with noise barriers and an aesthetic wall. Boyd Park will be enhanced and a new boat ramp installed.

An express section for through traffic and another for local traffic will be provided along with acceleration/deceleration lanes and shoulders.

Multi-use paths, bicycle/pedestrian overpasses and bus stop pullouts will be provided and/or upgraded.

Are local residents and officials involved?

Local residents and officials have been meeting with the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) on the planning and design of this project for more than a decade. A Community Partnering Team was established in 1999 and will continue to meet for the duration of the project. It includes citizens from dozens of community interests, officials, neighborhoods, emergency and hospital groups, schools and businesses. Public meetings were held on preliminary designs in 2001 and 2002.


Is there a community liaison during construction?

Because NJDOT wants to keep members of community organizations informed and in touch during constructioin, the Route 18 Reconstruction contract includes a Community Liaison, Brian Dorf. Brian's email address is DOT.Route18@dot.nj.gov


What are the cost, start and finish dates?

The $200 million project began in Spring 2005 and is expected to last through 2009.


Who is the contractor and resident engineer?

The contractor is Conti Enterprises of South Plainfield. NJDOT's Tony Bene is the resident engineer.


What are the construction stages?

This project will be constructed in multiple stages that will be added to this site soon after the contractor is hired.


What will NJDOT do to minimize motorist hassles?

NJDOT will keep lane closures and detours to a minimum during construction. These will be noted online and on variable message signs within and outside of the work area.


Where can commuters find updated information about this project?

The best sources of updated information are:
  • Online at the NJDOT web site: Real Time Traffic, NJCommuter.com and links to Rutgers and other community web sites
  • Radio traffic reports
  • Variable message signs
  • Rutgers TV

How can I make a suggestion?

Your suggestions are welcome. Contact us by e-mail.
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