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—County Executive Brian M. Hughes joined members of the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders as well as local officials and school children from the Stony Brook School today to activate a recently installed traffic light at the intersection of Lawrenceville-Pennington Road and Stevenson Road.

“Increased development in the southern section of Hopewell Township as well as the recent repeal of the truck ban on local highways have made this intersection increasingly dangerous not only for motorists, but also for the children who attend the Stony Brook School” began Hughes.  “We were concerned about the threat posed to our residents and community and took action to provide safety to this neighborhood proactively, before tragedy could occur.”

Recent developments accessing Denow Road and increased traffic volume from Lawrenceville-Pennington Road, as well as the Stony Brook Elementary School on Stevenson Avenue, had made the intersection increasingly impassable at rush hour and created a high risk of vehicular accident and danger to area school children, Hughes noted.  The traffic light will serve to regulate traffic and also reduce congestion on side streets by including a left-turn arrow for motorists turning onto Stevenson Road from Lawrenceville-Pennington Road.  An innovative video detection system will be used to activate “green time” onto the side streets.

Members of the Stony Brook School Parent Teacher Organization and school administration officials, who had brought the issue to Mercer County’s attention as a safety hazard, were also in attendance at the event, a fact noted by the County Executive.  “Since taking office in 2004 I have made it a priority to provide an accessible and responsive administration.  Activation of this traffic signal is just another step in the journey to provide thoughtful government service to the citizens of Mercer County”, continued Hughes.