A Safer S-Curve in the Spring

Alexander Road S-CurveThe West Windsor-Plainsboro News reports that the Alexander Road S-curve reconstruction, with safer pavement and bike lanes, will begin this spring:

According to Brian Aronson, the township’s assistant manager of engineering, utility relocation along the S-curve is currently taking place. “Construction activities have ceased until the early spring,” he said.

The work was triggered by an accident on the S-curve in September, 2005, that killed Rebecca Annitto, of Princeton Township, just before her 15th birthday.

The Township Council awarded a $769,000 bid for the reconstruction project in September. It also approved a $35,000 contract with Remington & Vernick Engineers for professional engineering services for the project.

West Windsor received three bids for the project, ranging from $769,096.50 to $879,269.17, when it opened the bids in July. Lucas Construction was deemed the lowest responsible bidder and was awarded the contract.

The project includes widening the road to 38 feet, with one lane of travel and a five-foot bike path in each direction. Features of the new road included elevation of the roadway to create a banking effect, use of high friction pavement, and improved striping and signage. The estimated cost of the project is about $500,000, with $190,000 in funding from a Department of Transportation grant.

The project is estimated to take 60 days to complete.

The WWBPA has long been advocating for modifications to the S-curve and held a fact-finding and informational “West Windsor Walk” in September 2006 to draw attention to conditions.

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3 Responses to “A Safer S-Curve in the Spring”

  1. Brian says:

    If people weren’t yakking on their cell phone and stuffing their face full of food while driving, maybe we wouldn’t have a need for this. I just saw some woman tailgating a semi truck haphazardly in the middle of the highway when nothing was blocking her from passing…I swear unless the cops get these people, it’ll never stop. If you’re driving, drive, keep your damn eyes on the road.

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  3. Be careful what you wish for. The solution sounds like it could increase speeds. High grip pavement could be difficult or at least uncomfortable to ride a bike on as well.

    While a sidewalk and a bike lane were long needed on this stretch of road, I kind of found the s-curves to rather entertaining to ride my bike on, particularly when going downhill and will be sad to see them go. They actually require the operator of a vehicle to have a bit of skill.

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