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Amwell Road Traffic Patterns to Change Friday

Delays expected as Route 206 bypass project moves into the next phase.

Motorists on Amwell Road east of Route 206 will face delays on Friday as a new traffic pattern is installed in two phases by the new . 

Traffic will follow a new alignment over a new bridge, and there will be a new traffic signal that will become operational at the intersection of Amwell Road and the service road.

Between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Friday, eastbound traffic on Amwell Road between Route 206 and Steinmetz Road will be shifted. One lane will be closed as the new lanes are marked.

Between 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday, traffic on Amwell Road will be alternated in each direction between Route 206 and Willow Road in the second phase of the project.

dubious June 15, 2012 at 11:00 AM
And this bypass helps businesses in the so-called "town center" how?
LM7 June 15, 2012 at 01:11 PM
"We're on the road to nowhere."
Tom June 15, 2012 at 03:17 PM
What is the new end-date? 2018?
Curt Carnes June 15, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Government at its best! We're broke, so what do they do? Build a highway to nowhere! How stupid is that? Should have used the money to pay down the debt!
annoyingcat June 15, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Perhaps in it's earliest form (through Pike Run into Montgomery) the bypass may have made some sense. Now, it's just another road (with traffic lights) that will spread traffic out a little bit more, maybe alleviating some congestion on existing 206, allowing motorists easier access to businesses!!
centurion June 15, 2012 at 07:43 PM
They are still working on that? I thought it was abandoned. Considering the mild winter we had, it should be much farther along. Whom do we have to thank for this?
Marion Nation June 15, 2012 at 08:26 PM
The bypass may take some traffic off 206, but the same problem still exists further down the road in Rocky Hill & Princeton......95 should have gone in 30 odd years ago as originally proposed. This bypass is not going to help the traffic problem especially with traffic lights! Did no one consider putting circles in? They keep the traffic moving and studies have shown that accidents are less, no one is speeding through red lights! The landscaping is good though.
BDVideo June 15, 2012 at 08:35 PM
It might help traffic a little. Fewer drivers who are just passing through will have to go through the lights at Amwell, New Amwell and Raider Blvd. I'm not optimistic about the points where traffic will split from and rejoin old 206. The traffic between Duke Farms and Triangle Road scares me the most. I read on here that this bypass is part of a larger plan that includes fixing those other problem areas, but without knowing anything definite, I think it's just wishful thinking and money wasted. I don't think the bypass will hurt business on 206, though. The drivers who take the bypass are not necessarily the ones who were going to stop at businesses on old 206, with the possible exception of the few remaining gas stations.
BDVideo June 15, 2012 at 08:38 PM
As someone who drives on that part of Amwell Road a few times each week, I'm glad the construction there is almost finished. From now till the time the bypass is opened, it should be a nice easy stretch of road. There's a nice view from that elevation as well.
BoroGuy June 16, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Yes, annoyingcat; the original plan made much more sense. I really never understood the Pike Run argument, since i understand the bypass plans were already on the table when Pike Run was built. But, it will help spread the traffic off of 206, to a degree. Until 206 adds another lane from beginning to end, however, we will still endure painful crawls in and out of town.
annoyingcat June 18, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Careful as you pass by Steinmetz Rd..........Amwell runs so close to the end of Steinmetz (no shoulders, yet) that it is very difficult to see what's coming, until it's right there!!
BDVideo June 18, 2012 at 07:57 PM
That's a good tip (extra caution by Steinmetz), especially since drivers may be preoccupied with the new traffic pattern. Or still seething from the driver who tried to pass them at the very last minute before construction, as often seems to happen right before Steinmetz.

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