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As the news was first broken here on FAA News, Lakewood's key intersection of Park Avenue & East 7th is slated this coming year to receive a traffic signal.

Township officials have recently completed the solicitation of bids from prospective contractors and the Township Committee is set today to award the $652,653.50 contract to Meco, Inc. of Clarksburg, New Jersey. This was the lowest responsive and responsible bid of 4 bids which were received by the Township for this project.

The project includes traffic signal installation, milling, base repair, paving, storm drainage work, curb, sidewalk and driveway apron replacement, ADA ramps, striping and other roadway improvements, including over the railroad crossing.

The work does not include any additional turning lanes, however, the eastbound East 7th Street traffic will have a lead left-turning green arrow to enable protected left turns from that direction.

Additionally, blank out signs will be installed on both sides of Park Avenue. They will light up in red to alert drivers not to turn onto East 7th Street towards the tracks while the train is crossing.

Under the terms of the contract, all work on this contract shall be completed within 270 calendar days, pending securing of necessary State, Federal or Local permits governing the work.

Colliers Engineering & Design, Inc. DBA Maser Consulting, of Red Bank, New Jersey designed the project on behalf of the Township, and also secured a variety of State permits which were required for this project due to this intersections proximity to the rail line crossing.

Township engineers have also been busy working on permits and design plans for a traffic signal at the 5-way intersection of Park Avenue & East 4th Street. That project remains a work in progress.

The Township's last major traffic signal project, which was completed several years ago, included Oak Street and Albert Avenue, Oak Street and Vine Avenue, Pine Street and MLK Drive, Forest Avenue and 7th Street, and Clifton Avenue and 1st Street (which was subsequently switched to a 2-way flasher after many local neighbors complained the traffic signal made traffic worse).

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