Intersection at Rt. 50 and Hope Corson finally complete

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GREENFIELD – A traffic signal at the intersection of Rt. 50 and Hope Corson Road was turned on this week, completing a project that officials here have been requesting for years.

 

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) installed the traffic signal and two new left turn lanes on Rt. 50 intersection. 

The “T” intersection had been a problem area for years. The sightlines of the intersection, combined with heavy traffic from nearby businesses, have contributed to a number of serious accidents and near misses.

Officials have called it one of the township’s most dangerous intersections.

The redesign of the intersection and installation of a traffic signal was slated to be included in the state’s Rt. 50 repaving project last year, but was later removed at the last minute. The project was completed in the fall.

Rt. 50 is a state road and Hope Corson is a county road, meaning both entities have to sign off on improvements.

In 2004, the NJDOT approved a traffic signal but county officials requested that a separate lane be added to Rt. 50 southbound for motorists turning left onto Hope Corson Road. The concern was limited site distance and a quick drop in speed from 50 mph to 45 mph for vehicles traveling southbound on Rt. 50. Vehicles come around a curve in the road on Rt. 50 and there would be the potential for backups at the intersection.

The state considered the road too small for a left hand turn lane but NJDOT eventually agreed to the county’s request.

Another problem arose last year when an agreement between the state and county on who would pay to operate the traffic signal lapsed. An agreement was ultimately reached.

 


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