Construction on the Alexander Road S-curve, where West Windsor and Princeton townships meet, is scheduled to begin on or about Tuesday, March 15, West Windsor officials say.
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 include elevation to create a banking effect, use of high friction pavement, and improved striping and signage.
The West Windsor 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. A Department of Transportation grant is funding $190,000 of the work.
Township engineer Francis Guzik said roadwork will not start until the bulk of rush hour traffic has subsided, likely around 8:30 a.m. However, motorists will have to contend with a full road closure.
“Sometime in mid-April, the road may have to be shut down for up to a two-week period due to construction,” said West Windsor Business Administrator Robert Hary. “It is scheduled to be completed as early as the end of May, weather-permitting.” Bad springtime weather could cause delays, he said.
As the time nears for the road closings, West Windsor officials will be looking at the ways to detour traffic around the project. “We’re going to have to look at how we can minimize the traffic between Princeton and West Windsor,” he said.
Closures at some point are “going to be unavoidable according to our consulting engineers,” he said.