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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.

Melissa March 14, 2012 at 12:21 PM
If it is the only major infrastructure project ongoing in NJ then why will it take another 5 to 6 years to complete?? It's 3.5 miles of roadway and relocating some lines!! I will be long gone from this Twp by then if the new development goes up at Valley AND this still isn't done... We will literally be trapped by a wall of traffic!
dubious March 14, 2012 at 12:52 PM
The bypass is a joke and has been for 30+ years. The only winners in this project are the people who don't live here who get to bypass our town on their way home, local real estate developers, and Montgomery Township, who out maneuvered Hillsborough every step of the way, avoided the whole thing and are now sitting back and laughing at us. The big losers in the project are our local businesses, who will lose half their business traffic. Did anyone ask them what they wanted? Certainly, traffic will ease on "main street," but that could have been accomplished by simply widening the road to two lanes in each direction and creating more effective intersections (like was done up by Hillsborough Promenade). Then, the bulk of the rest of the money for this monstrosity could have been used to significantly green up downtown, encourage renovation of existing buildings, create better access to shopping, reconfigure parking, and do other things that make shopping in Hillsborough more pleasurable. As for a "town center," that ship has passed long ago. In an age of shopping malls and big box stores, there hasn't been a true town center established in NJ in years. Most successful town centers in NJ exists around train stations (Somerville) or a university (Princeton); we have neither. And if township committees over the years truly wanted a town center, why have they approved so many strip malls around town outside the town center area? They say one thing and do something else.
sammy March 14, 2012 at 02:08 PM
"More effective intersections.." LOL. That is a most dangerous intersection - it was poorly done and is awaiting what was supposed to be a left turn jughandle to occupy the Weidel property
Steve March 14, 2012 at 03:06 PM
"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." So a 3 to 4 year delay to relocate fiber optic lines? So in all the years of planning no one called 811 and knew about theses lines? Why heads don't roll over blunders like this has me perplexed. The Romans could build 3.5-miles of roadway in much less time.
Curt Carnes March 14, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Just where are those lines? Buried in the woods? Maybe I'm missing the point, but if they are the ones already running along 206 why would they need moved?
dubious March 14, 2012 at 03:28 PM
The Romans had slave labor, of course. But whatever... BTW, does anyone understand why they are building the MIDDLE part of the bypass first? A road to nowhere! As I said, the folks in Montgomery are LAUGHING!!! And all of this is because our wonderful leaders, with their brilliant foresight, blocked the I-95 missing link years ago, when there was money to pay for it. Now look what we've got!
BDVideo March 14, 2012 at 04:08 PM
It all seems pointless, with the worst traffic bottlenecks in the areas around Brooks Blvd., the railroad bridge, Camplain Rd. and Valley Road. Is there any chance the railroad bridge will be replaced with a wider one in our lifetimes? That's the "middle" of the real problem.
Laura Madsen March 14, 2012 at 04:15 PM
This excerpt is from a blog I had written pursuant to a discussion I had with Frank DelCore: http://hillsborough.patch.com/blog_posts/a-new-dawn-for-hillsborough "Regarding the Green Village site planning, which is a different project Hillsborough is involved in, “as development goes up across from the Kmart area, it should bring in more business traffic to the area,” Delcore remarked. My comment was, “well, won’t it bring more traffic into the area, period?” We definitely don’t need a bottleneck on Route 206. Delcore said that it would have somewhat of an impact to Route 206. “I wouldn’t be truthful if I said that it wasn’t. In 2010 we told the lieutenant governor ... that if we don’t complete the Route 206 improvements from Brown Avenue on, it [the Route 206 bypass currently under construction] doesn’t really help us. We’re working to get that piece done.” Can you follow? These are all pieces of a much bigger puzzle. Let me try to explain this better. “With the Route 206 bypass completed, I certainly hope that will help. If we can get the state to move on that, it will make it easier for people outside Hillsborough to get here and through town,” Delcore added. OK, so the bypass, ****plus Route 206 improvements**** as you drive north on Route 206 toward the Somerville Circle, equal alleviation of traffic congestion brought about by new development, which in turn stimulates the local economy.
Laura Madsen March 14, 2012 at 04:17 PM
I added the ****'s around the "Plus Route 206 improvements" part just now. Most everyone knows that the by-pass isn't an answer to the traffic issues alone. But, the additional 206 improvements are contingent upon the state doing the work, to make things better. That's a big "if and "when".
LM7 March 14, 2012 at 05:53 PM
The middle portion was funded by Obama stimulous (sp) money and needed to be started in 2010, the beginning and end, basically are unfunded, from what I understand. $75 Million put aside, I highly doubt it!
Pete in Hillsborough March 14, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Are there ANY plans for the piece between Brown Avenue and I guess it would be Old Somerville Road???
KR March 15, 2012 at 03:56 AM
This whole project was a bad idea and we've been fighting it for years. Living on Steinmetz in the middle if this mess and seeing the loss of wildlife and forest has been very sad. What makes it even worse is that it will most likely have all been done for no added benefit for our town. With so many vacancies in town and no new businesses wanting to come here I don't see a town center being a good idea either. Maybe we should just abandon this while we still can and put money into making our town more enjoyable for the people who live here.
Wolfgang March 15, 2012 at 01:19 PM
I basically agree with everyone's commets. This 206 improvment is causing more issues, delay in traffic etc... All for what to build a "Main Street" town center which will just cause more traffic problems, more lights to stop at etc.... The only thing good that came out of all this was when coming off 601 you have a light (which you wait for ever at but safer then the stop sign) now and do not have to wait at the stop sign.
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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