Posted Tuesday, January 26th, 2016
Morris County will receive $339,530 in federal funding to upgrade traffic signals and reconfigure travel lanes to improve safety at the busy intersection of Center Grove Road and Quaker Church Road in Randolph.
The project is among 17 throughout the region that the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) Board of Trustees approved at its Jan. 11 meeting.
The intersection improvements are part of the NJTPA’s Local Safety Program, which provides federal funds to counties for high-impact, “quick-fix” and cost-effective safety improvements.
“With a shopping complex, school and apartments nearby, this Randolph intersection is heavily traveled and in need of improvement,” said Morris County Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo, who represents the county on the NJTPA Board of Trustees and was elected NJTPA Secretary at the meeting.
“This project will help upgrade safety for all travelers at a crossing where pedestrian safety has been an ongoing challenge, and it will be totally financed by federal dollars,” DeFillippo added.
“Randolph Township welcomes the NJTPA’s focus on this busy intersection and related efforts to implement modern technology for the benefit of both our residents and visitors,’’ said Randolph Mayor Roman Hirniak. “This is a wonderful example of cooperation among various government bodies and our municipal public safety agencies.”
The project was the outcome of a county road safety audit done in 2015, with the vital assistance of Randolph and its police department.
The funding will finance design in 2016 and construction of the project in 2017.
The NJTPA Board approved $32.4 million in Local Safety Program and High Risk Rural Roads grants for projects that will proceed in fiscal years 2016 and 2017. More information is available online at www.njtpa.org/LocalSafety.
The NJTPA is the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for 13 northern New Jersey counties. Under federal legislation, MPOs provide a forum where local officials, public transportation providers and state agency representatives can come together and cooperatively plan to meet the region’s current and future transportation needs. The agency establishes the region’s eligibility to receive federal tax dollars for transportation projects.
The NJTPA Board consists of one local elected official from each of the counties in the region (Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren) and the cities of Newark and Jersey City.
The Board also includes a governor’s representative, the New Jersey Department of Transportation commissioner, the NJ TRANSIT executive director, the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and a citizen’s representative appointed by the governor.