Location: New Jersey
Under a multi-year open end agreement, Michael Baker International was retained by the New Jersey Department of Transportation – Division of Project Management (NJDOT-DPM) to perform a Concept Development Study for pavement reconstruction along Route 7 within four municipalities in northeastern New Jersey. As part of the study, Baker was asked to evaluate the feasibility of implementing a Road Diet concept along Route 7 throughout a corridor of eleven signalized intersections in downtown Belleville Township. The Road Diet concept, in addition to improving pedestrian safety and bicyclist mobility, is a proven crash countermeasure to address over-represented rear-end and same-direction side swipe crashes. The Road Diet concept included the following recommended improvements:
- Reducing the existing four lane cross section to two through lanes and a two-way center turn lane. The proposed cross section also includes on-street parking and bicycle lanes in both directions.
- Installing curb bump-outs, which reduce the pedestrian crossing distance at crosswalks and are a proven traffic calming counter-measure.
- Additional safety improvements which include upgraded traffic signals, installation of retro-reflective signal backplates, improved signing, and the relocation of near-side bus stops to the far-side.