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TRENTON, N.J. - Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes and Robbinsville Township Mayor David Fried announced today a cooperative effort to install a new traffic signal at a busy intersection in the township.

The intersection at County Route 526 and Beechwood Drive/Pond Road has increased traffic flow and limited visibility. The project to install a new signal was also accelerated due to the large number of pedestrians in the area, including students from nearby Robbinsville High School.

Under the proposed interlocal agreement, Mercer County is responsible for installation of the traffic signal, pavement markings, and maintenance of the signal in the future; Robbinsville will purchase the signal and pay for the foundation and conduits.

“This collaboration is an example of how our residents benefit when we work toward a common goal and share services and resources. I’m pleased that my administration and the Mayor’s team were able to come up with a responsible plan to improve the safety of the Pond Road intersection,” Hughes said.

The determination to install a signal at the intersection was made by Mercer County’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure recently after new traffic counts and crash data were reviewed.

Although the intersection had been a problem area for several years, previous traffic counts and other data did not warrant a traffic signal.

The agreement is up for approval before the Robbinsville Township Council Thursday, Jan. 27 and also must be approved by the County’s Board of Chosen Freeholders. Once the interlocal agreement is approved by both bodies, Robbinsville will purchase the necessary equipment and the County and township will begin the project as soon as possible.

The new traffic signal will also allow for breaks in traffic flow at Chambers Farm Road and in front of the high school, giving vehicles and pedestrians easier access to both.