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Route 206 Bypass Completion Date: 2017 or 2018

Councilman: 'This is not what we had hoped for.'

It could take until 2017 or 2018 to complete the 3.5-mile Route 206 Bypass, Councilman Frank DelCore said Tuesday.

Delcore, who gave the report of a recent meeting with state transportation officials, at Tuesday night's Township Committee meeting, said he was assured that the projects would be completed and the $75 million needed to fund the project has been set aside.

The bypass project broke ground in 2010. It is designed to carry Route 206 around an older stretch of the state roadway to improve traffic flow and to allow the township to create a town center along the old Route 206.

“This is not what we hoped for,” Delcore said. “We wanted the bypass to be open in 2014, but that is not feasible.”

The project was divided into two contracts. The first, to build the middle section of the new roadway, is nearing completion.

As a result, Hillsborough Road will open next month, but Homestead Road will close at that time, he said.

The north and south portions of the project are part of Contract B, he said. That section of the contract will cover the construction of new roadway to Old Somerville Road in the north portion and to Mountainview Road in the southern portion.

Among the delays to complete the project, he said, is the need to relocate fiber  optic lines associated with the Century Link telephone and cable hub.

Delcore said he was assured by state officials that the project has “high priority,” in part because it is the only major infrastructure project ongoing in New Jersey.

dubious March 15, 2012 at 03:22 PM
I agree. Fixing the "S" curve at the southern end of town (actually in Montgomery) was the only really good thing to come of this so far...after 30 years.
jerseyjoed March 15, 2012 at 09:12 PM
I think the piece on the Somerville side was an improvement even though the northern direction ends at the Somerville (square) circle and the southern end at the hotel is the strangest configuration ever. Whenever I'm fortunate enough to confine my travel in between the two areas, I find it way better than the "old" days. I'll look forward to 2018 when another little stretch is completed.
Keith Marley March 20, 2012 at 05:52 AM
This is a long-thought-out mistake! I've lived in two towns that had a good amount of business along the main route through the town but when a by-pass was completed ~ surprise.... less traffic equals less business! Who'da thought?!? Today these little quiet town's populations have not grown since the 90's census. What business actually voted to have this by-pass put in?
Danny March 31, 2012 at 01:55 PM
3.5 miles of new highway includes.... 7 bridges, drainage install,new power line and gas line relocation, 10s of thousands of tons of dirt work, site prep,traffic control, traffic light and intersection construction,paving,guard rail install..... Along with the other hundred things I did not mention.... So 3.5 miles of road is a complex project. You can comment on your traffic concerns.. But if I were you I would refrain from commenting on construction timelines.. You just are not qualified..
Dexter E S Pantel March 09, 2013 at 02:08 AM
Have to agree with Dubious, if not for the NIMBY crybabies and Bill Bradley, Anne Martindell and Scheister Schluter, the I 95 connection would have been built years ago and Hillsborough would have had their town center. Before GPS was popular, it was strange to often see motorists get off I 95 at Rt 31 with the map out and looking bewildered. Most of the I 95 R.O.W. was sold off so now we build a wider autobahn. Whats next?

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