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These articles by Bill Sanservino and Barbara Fox were prepared for the January 28, 2004 issue of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.
After nearly 15 years of wrangling, a decision apparently has been made on the fate of the Millstone Bypass proposal. The state Department of Transportation is expected to release its decision during a meeting of the Penns Neck Area EIS Partners’ Roundtable this Wednesday, January 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the West Windsor Senior Center, 271 Clarksville Road.
The preferred alignment for the project — intended to remove lights on Route 1 at Washington Road, Fisher Place, and Harrison Street in the Penns Neck area of West Windsor — has remained a closely-guarded secret since DOT announced last week that it was making its decision public, and speculation has been rampant.
According to sources, the likely scenario includes the construction of an overpass on Route 1 near Harrison Street, and the Vaughn Drive connector — an interchange that would link Alexander Road to Route 571 via Vaughn Drive through the Princeton Junction train station.
But, according to this scenario, a major element that the DOT would not fund is the “east-side connector,” the most controversial part of the project and the road that would serve as the bypass for Route 571 traffic now taking Washington Road to Route 1. This east-side connector would run from Route 571 at the Vaughn Drive connector to the Route 1 overpass through property owned by the Sarnoff Corporation. Construction of the road would be left up to West Windsor Township and Sarnoff to complete, according to sources.
A draft EIS, released in early June, proposed 19 different alternatives and the impacts of each on the surrounding environment, residents, roads, and historical structures. Costs range from $12 million to $97.5 million depending on which options are chosen. The option agreed upon by officials in the Princetons and West Windsor, where the project would be built, called for Route 1 in-a-cut, which would bury the highway below grade under Washington Road.
Whatever the verdict, the future of the project is still uncertain, with the state facing a transportation funding crisis.
Governor James McGreevey’s recent decision not to implement an increase in the gas tax has left DOT officials looking for ways to replenish the state’s dwindling transportation trust fund.
According to DOT spokesman Mike Horan, the governor has directed Transportation Commissioner Jack Lettiere to devise a plan by late February or early March that will decide the future of the state’s road projects.
“The governor told the commissioner to ‘operate within your means,’ and come back in 60 days and ‘show me how you’re going to operate within your means,’” says Horan. “The commissioner is sitting down now and looking at every single project in the works at DOT and prioritizing them.”
According to Horan, high priorities are being given to bridge projects, safety-related projects, and those that provide congestion relief. He adds that although a case can be made for the EIS-recommended alternative being congestion-relief and safety-related, a similar case can be made for most projects on the books.
— Bill Sanservino
In December Princeton Lightwave, an optoelectronic company that was a spinout from Sarnoff, moved from 2601 Route 130 South to a new address on Route 130 and has a new phone and fax. Princeton Lightwave left behind the part of its company that it sold to a privately held multinational company, TRUMPF. This new company is now known as TRUMPF Photonics.
Trumpf Photonics manufactures industrial semiconductor lasers, while Princeton Lightwave Inc. develops and sells high performance optoelectronic components and subsystems for military, medical, and telecom applications. TRUMPF hired 21 of PLI’s 38 employees, while 17 employees will stay with PLI.
TRUMPF is based in Germany and has an American headquarters in Farmington, Connecticut. Louis Wagman, formerly chief operating officer of PLI, has been named vice president and general manager of TRUMPF photonics.
Princeton Lightwave Inc., 2555 Route 130 South, Suite 1, Cranbury 08512. Yves Dzialowski, CEO. 609-495-2600; fax, 609-395-9114. Home page: www.princetonlightwave.com
TRUMPF Photonics, 2601 Route 130 South, Cranbury 08512. Holger Schlueter, general manager. 609-925-8200; fax, 609-409-7021. Home page: www.trumpf.com
Covance Inc. (CVD), 206 Carnegie Center, Princeton 08540-6681. Chris Kuebler, chairman and CEO. 609-452-8550; fax, 609-452-9375. Home page: www.covance.com
Howard Moody, chief information officer at Covance Inc., has awarded an $180 million contract to IBM for the management of Covance’s IT infrastructure — the computer and telephone network, E-mail help desks, computer support, and data centers worldwide. Among Covance’s comprehensive drug development services is clinical trials management. It has operations in 18 countries and 6,700 employees worldwide.
Laureate Pharma LLP, 201 College Road East, Princeton 08540. Robert J. Broeze PhD, president. 609-919-3300; fax, 609-452-7211. Home page: www.laureatepharma.com
Laureate Pharma has landed a contract to make Surfaxin for Discovery Laboratories, based in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Surfaxin, an experimental compound now in clinical trials, could be used for treating respiratory distress syndrome in premature infants and acute respiratory distress syndrome in adults.
Formerly known as Purdue Pharma and then as Bard BioPharma LP, Laureate Pharma LP is a contract manufacturer that focuses on biopharmaceutical products and sustained release formulations. At one point this laboratory was used to manufacture products from Cytogen. Laureate’s headquarters and biopharmaceutical products division is on College road, and its extended-release technologies division is in Totowa.
NeoStrata Company Inc., 4 Research Way, Princeton 08540. Richard H. Wildnauer, president. 609-520-0715; fax, 609-520-0849. Home page: www.NeoStrata.com
Some of NeoStrata’s 120 patents will be used by Berlex to develop new products. Berlex is a United States affiliate of Shering AG Germany. Among the patents are those for “anti-wrinkle” technology.
A-1 Limousine, 2 Emmons Drive, Princeton 08540-9923. Michael Starr, president and CEO. 609-951-0070; fax, 609-951-9330. Home page: www.a1limo.com
The limousine service signed a long-term contract to run a total of four shuttle buses on routes in and around Princeton University. During nearly a year-long trial two buses attracted more than 700 riders a day. Now there will be four buses, and they all run on compressed natural gas. Hours are from 8 a.m. until 11 p.m. and the runs are between the outlying graduate student dorms and the main campus.
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