Office of the Mayor – West Windsor Township
December 9, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts: Shing-Fu Hsueh, Mayor
West Windsor Township
Planning for County Route 571 in West Windsor
Mayor Shing-Fu Hsueh announced that on December 15, 2009 at 6:00 pm, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) and the Mercer County Engineering Division in conjunction with West Windsor Township will be conducting an open public information meeting to discuss proposed improvements for County Route 571 (CR571), also known as Princeton-Hightstown Road, from Clarksville Road to Wallace Road/Cranbury Road. The meeting will be held in Room A of the West Windsor Township Municipal Building.
The meeting has been a highly anticipated one for Mayor Hsueh. In the 1980s, Township talks with the County about CR571 improvements through this section of Princeton Junction began and by the early 1990s, $5.4M was appropriated to fund the improvements. However, by the late 1990s, due to a lack of agreement between the Township and County about increasing the number of lanes from two to four, the money was taken back by the NJ Department of Transportation.
Once elected, Mayor Hsueh resumed efforts to reconcile the Township’s previous differences with the County. By 2003, an agreement was reached with a plan for a three-lane roadway—one lane in each direction and a turning lane. In 2005, West Windsor Township Council adopted a resolution endorsing a concept presented by the administration after open public meetings where residents and organizations commented on the plan. In 2006, the County and Township met again and agreed to put the CR571 improvements back into motion. At this time, this section of CR571 was milled and overlaid by the County.
In 2007, the DVRPC authorized the Lewis Berger Group to complete planning and conduct necessary studies (e.g., environmental) for CR571. This work will be presented on Tuesday the 15th of December. As part of the redevelopment district, it is critical for the future of West Windsor.
Mayor Hsueh stated, “As always, I look forward to meeting with the residents and other interested organizations where they will continue to be a part of the planning process.”
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