NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The brand-new Redshaw Elementary School on Livingston Avenue will host the first of four public meetings on an engineering study commissioned with the goal of making that roadway safer for all users on Wednesday, February 11.
The 7pm meeting at the school located, at 216 Livingston Avenue, will likely feature a brief presentation from city and county officials, or perhaps Dewberry Engineering, the firm they both hired to conduct the study.
As we reported previously, the city and county agreed to split the $299,000 cost of the engineering study, in the hopes of developing a concept plan for a "road diet" for Livingston Avenue.
Road diets typically involve limiting the number of lanes for cars. Some parts of the road have already shrunk from four to three lanes, under a pilot program hurriedly implemented last year.
The changes came after the New Brunswick Fire Director injured three children crossing the street in a crosswalk on May 5, sparking massive protests the following days at city and county government meetings.
A flyer promoting the February 9 public meeting asks the following four questions:
- What is your opinion about the current conditions on the street?
- Would you feel better if the street design was changed to better accommodate pedestrians, drivers and cyclists?
- What changes would YOU suggest?
- Would you like to share your ideas about making Livingston Ave. safer for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers?
"Come out… Meet City and County officials and engineers to discuss ideas on how to make Livingston Ave. a better, safer street," reads the flyer.
The scope of the engineering study will stretch from New Street in downtown all the way to the border with North Brunswick near Nassau Street.
Officials said the point of the first meeting will most be to solicit input from the public.
Charlie is the founder and editor of New Brunswick Today, and the winner of the Awbrey Award for Community-Oriented Local Journalism. He is a proud Rutgers University journalism graduate and a community organizer, and was an independent candidate for Mayor of New Brunswick in 2018.