Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Hillsborough and the County Access and Mobility Study

The HNJJ crew noticed that the former K-Mart Shopping Center was included as a pilot site in the Somerset County Access and Mobility Study. Two members of the crew had already attended one of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority meetings and there is a second meeting this evening.

From the Somerset County Press release:

SOMERVILLE – The public is invited to a second meeting on the Somerset County Access and Mobility Study on Tuesday, April 2, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The program will be held in the third-floor freeholders’ meeting room in the county administration building at 20 Grove St. Free parking is available in the Bernie Field Parking Deck; enter off East High Street.

“The Access and Mobility Study is part of the county’s efforts to support economic growth and investment in the county,” said Freeholder Robert Zaborowski, planning liaison. “We encourage interested citizens to offer their opinions on the progress of the study to date.”

Seven pilot sites have been identified for potential land-use and traffic improvements. They include sanofi-aventis on Route 202/206 in Bridgewater; a hotel site near the I-287 off ramp at Easton Avenue in Franklin; the K-Mart Shopping Center on Route 206 South in Hillsborough; Weldon Quarry off Valley Road in Watchung; Somerville’s East Central Business District between Route 28 and Veterans Memorial Drive; Green Brook’s Village Commercial District off North Washington Avenue; and the Nora Shopping Center on Hamilton Street in Franklin.

At the meeting, the project team will discuss the study goals, the process used to identify and screen the candidate sites and the collaboration efforts of the county, municipalities and partner agencies.

Draft recommendations for the seven pilot sites will be presented, including current status, site issues, constraints to be addressed and the proposed recommendations.

Public comment is being sought before the project team prepares the final study report. For more information, contact Walter Lane at the Somerset County Planning Board at 908-231-7021 or lane@co.somerset.nj.us

Funding for the study has been provided by a grant from the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority.

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