The New Jersey Department of Transportation and legislators from the state’s 15th Legislative District announced the launch of a Pedestrian Safety Improvement project along the Route 129 corridor in Trenton Aug. 29.
The project will include both short- and long-term initiatives to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety at three intersections on Route 129 – at Lalor Street, Cass Street and Hamilton Avenue – which have been identified as some of the most unsafe in the country.
The work will include a first-in-the-nation Red Clearance Extension system, which uses smart, predictive technology to detect approaching vehicle speeds and automatically adjust intersection traffic signal changes. Additional improvements include:
- revising signal timing to provide pedestrians more time to cross,
- adding signal backplates to increase visibility, and
- installing upgraded, advanced warnings over the roadway to replace ground-mounted signs.
“NJDOT’s commitment to communities is the driving force behind the Route 129 Pedestrian Safety Improvement project,” said NJDOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti. “By working closely with the community and employing innovative crash mitigation technology, we can make these intersections safer for the motoring public, pedestrians, and cyclists.”
State Sen. Shirley Turner, D-15th District, said Route 129 has been a dangerous blight on the capital city, which sits within her district.
“For nearly 30 years, our city residents have lived with a highway that bifurcates Trenton with heavy traffic that threatens the health and safety of residents who live in the area and puts the lives of pedestrians and cyclists at risk,” said Turner. “The safety improvements are being prioritized to minimize the hazardous conditions to prevent future serious injuries and fatalities.”
Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson, D-15th District, said the improvements were “long overdue,” especially as fatalities have increased along Route 129 over the past decade. “These road infrastructure improvements will save lives,” she said. “Whether you walk, bike, drive, the goal is to reach your family, friends, and destination safely.”
“These first-in-the-nation technological improvements will ensure that pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists alike have safe and equal access to Route 129,” said Assemblyman Anthony Verrelli, D-15th District. “Nobody should have to risk their life when they leave their home, whether they have the privilege of owning a motor vehicle or not. I applaud NJDOT for helping move Trenton and New Jersey forward into a future where walkable communities and motor vehicles need not be at odds with each other but coexist as one.”