The New Jersey Department of Transportation has installed some traffic safety upgrades at the Airport Road / Buckingham Drive – Route 70 intersection in Lakewood.
The traffic signal was replaced with a new signal which has more heads, to provide more visibility to drivers in all lanes. The new lights are LED and they have a backplate with a 2″ reflective border, which are more visible and conspicuous in both daytime and nighttime conditions and are advantageous during periods of power outages when the signals would otherwise be dark, providing a visible cue for motorists.
Additionally, to provide additional guidance for drivers which lane to be in, new turning arrows, as well as Yield bars, were painted on the road. Broken guiding lines were also painted on the left turning lane from Airport Road.
As previously reported on LNN, the New Jersey Department of Transportation is in the process of upgrading several intersections along Route 70 in Lakewood and Toms River.
At the Massachusetts Avenue and Whitesville Road intersections in Toms River, the existing traffic signals at all 4 approaches at both intersections will be replaced with new signals that permit left turns only on a green turning arrow.
At the Whitesville Road intersection, new travel lane arrows will be painted in all lanes, to guide drivers which lane to be in.
Upon completion of the traffic signal installation, the travel lanes will be completely resurfaced. Rumble strips will be added to help drivers stay alert and off the shoulders.
The work at the Massachusetts Avenue and Whitesville Road intersections will take a few more months to complete as there have been some delays getting materials, a DOT spokesperson told LNN.
This work is part of a major road resurfacing project along portions of Route 70 across Burlington, Ocean, and Monmouth Counties, which also included new drainage inlets and extension of underground piping to connect the inlet drains to the existing system to improve drainage in the area. Curbs, sidewalk, and substandard guardrails were replaced to be comply with ADA regulations.
With all these improvements the riding quality of motorists as well as safety of pedestrians and vehicles will be improved significantly.
Earle Asphalt Company is the contractor on this project.
The intersection of Route 70 and New Hampshire Avenue is not included in this project. However, NJDOT is in the final design stages of a separate project which will include safety improvements at that intersection.