Tuesday, February 12, 2013
State moves to dedicate bypass, but some say it's too much.
A bill introduced by local representatives, including State Sen. Christopher "Kip" Bateman, R-Somerset, and Assembly members Jack Ciattarelli, R-Hillsborough, and Donna Simon, R-Flemington, to rename the Route 206 bypass in Hillsborough in honor of Pete Biondi is advancing through the legislature. With the measure's progress, it appears likely to easily pass—and understandably so: Biondi was a popular and well-liked member of the Assembly before his death in 2011, and many in the Capitol undoubtedly have fond memories of him. His contribution to Hillsborough is certainly impressive as well, shepherding the township through a period of tremendous growth. But some note the township has already rededicated the municipal complex in his honor…
Monday, February 11, 2013
Legislation to rename bypass advances.
Monday, February 11
An Assembly panel approved today bipartisan legislation sponsored by the 16th District delegation Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Assembly members Jack M. Ciattarelli and Donna Simon to dedicate the U.S. Route 206 bypass in Hillsborough to the late Assemblyman Peter J. Biondi. “Peter Biondi dedicated his life to public service for the persisting benefit of our state, as he supported and mentored many young political candidates,” said Bateman, R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex. “We should commemorate this gregarious, loving family man, who also dedicated his life to improving the state, Somerset County and Hillsborough, as well as volunteering on youth service committees and serving as a firefighter.” The Assembly …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Road closed since April for bypass construction.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
NJDOT officials announced that Homestead Road is scheduled to be reopened to traffic between Route 206 and Willow Road Friday afternoon. Homestead Road Road had been closed at this location since April 2012 for local roadway work associated with the construction of the new Route 206 Bypass. NJDOT’s contractor, Carbro Inc., has replaced the Homestead Road bridge superstructure over the CSX railroad tracks and reconstructed portions of Hillsborough Road to accommodate the new bypass that is being built. Construction began in August 2010 on the $43 million first contract to build a portion of the bypass between Hillsborough Road and Amwell Road. Work on this section of the bypass is expected to be completed in spring 2013. Work will then…
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Stretch between Amwell and Long Hill roads shut down for two months starting Tuesday.
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Sunday, July 8, 2012
A portion of Wertsville Road will be closed for the next two months, Hillsborough Police said. Starting Tuesday, the roadway will be closed between Amwell Road and Long Hill Road due to ongoing construction. The section will re-open in approximately two months, police said.
Friday, June 15, 2012
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 Route 206 bypass. 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.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
District of shops, homes and parks will emerge in soon-to-be-constructed town center.
Editor's note: This is the last of a three-part series on the history of the Route 206 Bypass, the challenges, setbacks and what lies ahead. Read Part I: 38 Years Later, Still a Long Road for Route 206 Bypass Read Part II: Building Boom Shaped Current Bypass Project After all these years, a piece of Americana is planned for Hillsborough in the form of a town center as part of the Route 206 Bypass project. The vision is that the vehicle-crammed highway, now lined with a chaotic mix of shopping centers, a few homes, strip malls and an occasional garden center, would be transformed into an orderly neighborhood of shops, green spaces, walking areas, homes and public buildings. The town’s master plan, revised in 2005 to accommodate a town …
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
'Smart growth' changed the scope of the Route 206 construction.
Editor's note: This is the second of a three-part series on the history of the Route 206 Bypass, the challenges, setbacks and what lies ahead. Read Part I: 38 Years Later, Still a Long Road for Route 206 Bypass It was not merely a suburban expansion that made it necessary to develop a better way to bust the congestion that fills Route 206 daily. It was an explosion, “a virtual tidal wave of economic and demographic decentralization that dominated the 31-county Tri-State Region during the second half of the 20th century.” That is the assessment of Dean James W. Hughes and professor Joseph Seneca of Rutgers University’s Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy in their 2004 study called, “The beginning of the end of sprawl?’’ “The …
Monday, April 2, 2012
Project faces more delays as amount of traffic, commerce and population continue to rise.
Editor's note: This is the first of a three-part series on the history of the Route 206 Bypass, the challenges, setbacks and what lies ahead. It only takes a minute to understand why officials have sought for so long to build a bypass around a section of Route 206. In that minute, 43 vehicles would have passed through the Route 206 intersection at Amwell Road, an average of one vehicle every 7.2 seconds. Those figures are based on a traffic count done Jan. 4 to 5 by the state Department of Transportation that determined 59,796 vehicles passed through that intersection in 24 hours. That’s an average of 2,592 vehicles an hour in both directions; peak rush hours generally see more than 4,000 vehicles an hour. An idea since 1974, the Route 206…
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
A few days after Hillsborough Road re-opens, Homestead Road shut down for six months.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
After being closed for about two years, Hillsborough Road between Route 206 and Willow Road re-opened Friday, just days before Homestead Road was shut down for the next six months. Homestead Road closed Monday between Route 206 and Willow Road as the new Route 206 bypass project continues. Access in this area can be made to and from Stryker Lane, Hillsborough Police said. The bypass project broke ground in 2010 and is now not expected to be completed until at least 2017, township officials said earlier this month. The bypass 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. Hillsborough Patch will feature a three-…
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
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, Committeeman 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 …