Renovations to start at intersection in Fair Lawn
The long-awaited renovations to the Maple Avenue and River Road intersection is expected to begin in March.
Borough Engineer Ken Garrison said the project includes road widening, a new traffic signal and a dedicated left-turn lane in all directions. The Bergen County Department of Engineering and Planning announced work is scheduled to begin March 15, weather permitting, with a completion date of July 1.
Garrison said the work will be done in phases with lane closures and detours.
“There will be some detours and inconvenience,” said Garrison.
The project has been years in the making. About seven years ago the design for the intersection was completed, said Garrison, but then the KEM property at the corner of the intersection was sold to new owners delaying the project. Other changes at the intersection with new businesses provided the space for the widening of the street allowing a new design to be created.
“I am anxious to see it finished,” said Garrison.
Toward the other end of River Road at Morlot Avenue, the borough is ready to change the timing of the traffic light.
Borough Manager Jim Van Kruiningen said the underground work has already been completed and the borough’s electrician can complete the remainder of the work.
“We are going to be changing the phasing of the light,” said Garrison.
This will allow more time on the Morlot Avenue sides to cross River Road and continue on Morlot Avenue, where both sides of the street do not meet directly like a traditional intersection.
“We are going to delay the traffic going one way so everybody can make that turn,” said Van Kruiningen.
Garrison explained from both approaches on Morlot Avenue motorists will get the green light one at a time. Currently both sides of Morlot Avenue are green at the same time making it difficult to make the turn.