FPA was retained by Middlesex County to provide final design services for the 1.8 mile long dedicated bikeway through the City of New Brunswick. The project is being advanced through the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) utilizing federal funds and regulations (NEPA). To accomplish this highly complex project, FPA performed a scoping study that included a comprehensive bi-lingual community outreach effort, including coordination with a steering committee, focus groups, the local public, numerous project stakeholders and Rutgers University faculty, staff and students. Based on a review of various potential bicycle routes identified in a previous study, an initially preferred alignment (IPA) was selected.
The preliminary and final design documents advanced the selected IPA in accordance with State and Federal bicycle design guidelines for shared and dedicated bike lanes. Critical tasks include detailed survey and constraint mapping, Traffic Assessment and Signal Modifications, ADA compatibility evaluation and design, Lane configuration and transition design and stormwater management analysis and improvement design. A total of 9 traffic signals were either modified or completely replaced, including 3 under NJDOT jurisdiction. The entire project length was resurfaced with new signage and striping installed. New drainage collection systems were also installed throughout.