FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios
Work Complete on Realigned Lanes Along
Livingston Avenue in New Brunswick
MAY 19, 2014 -- Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios and New Brunswick Mayor James M. Cahill have announced that the County’s work to improve safety on Livingston Avenue in New Brunswick has been completed.
Livingston Avenue was realigned in two critical areas: The first area stretches from Delavan to Baldwin Streets, the area where three children were struck earlier this month. The second area stretches from Elizabeth Street, near the Foodtown, to Loretta Street. This area was the site of another critical accident.
The once four-lane road now has only one traveling lane in each direction in those two areas. A center turning lane was installed. Curbside parking along Livingston Avenue in these two sections is prohibited.
“This means pedestrians in those areas will not have to cross four lanes of moving traffic or worry about cars jutting out from parking spaces,” Rios said. “The measures, including merging cars from four lanes into two, have proven to slow traffic.”
Signs detailing the new traffic pattern and parking restrictions also were installed.
The County took immediate action to improve safety along the roadway after three children were struck on May 6 while trying to cross Livingston Avenue, a County road.
Rios and Cahill met on May 7 with the City’s Director of Planning Glenn Patterson, the Head of the County’s Infrastructure Management Department Ralph Albanir, and County Engineer Richard Wallner to develop plans to address the issue.
On Monday, May 12, reflectors that lined the middle of the street were removed and the holes patched. On Tuesday, the old striping was removed and restriping began. Traffic signs were installed Thursday and Friday as the last step in the project.
“Freeholder Rios and the County team have been responsive and communicative ever since we approached them with a plan to improve Livingston Avenue, one of the busiest roads running through the City," said Mayor Cahill. "I thank and commend the County Freeholders for their collaboration and look forward to our continued work on improving the entire length of Livingston Avenue.”
New Brunswick previously commissioned a study through Rutgers University to develop improvement plans for Livingston Avenue. That study was presented to the County, which now is in the process of an engineering review to determine the best way to proceed with the study’s findings.
The resulting product will be a long-term solution for the entire length of Livingston Avenue stretching from George Street to the border with North Brunswick, Rios said.
Rios said he met several times with the Mayor to discuss the study and long-term solutions. He added that Freeholders H. James Polos, chairman of our Law and Public Safety Committee, and Charles E. Tomaro, chairman of our Infrastructure Management Committee, also met with and have discussed the safety of the roadway with other City officials.
“As a team, we recognize the need for change and will work collectively to improve safety for all who use the road,” Rios said.