NJ Society of Municipal Engineers
Project of the Year Award
A Master Plan is a document that sets forth the infrastructure requirements necessary to accommodate the ultimate build-out of a municipality. These infrastructure requirements include water, wastewater, storm water, parks, and roadways.
In South Brunswick, a roadway known as County Route 522 has been contained in the Master Plan for decades and is targeted to be the primary east/west collector road for the municipality. This roadway when completed would connect together Route 27, Route 1, Georges Road, Route 130, and Cranbury Road. By utilizing NJDOT funds, portions of Route 522 were constructed in the 1990's but not quickly enough to keep up with the pace of development in South Brunswick.
The manner in which Route 1 northbound traffic would access Route 522 westbound had been a challenge ever since the project was proposed in the Master Plan. Initial plans for this project, which is known as Route 522 – Section 5B, called for the construction of a reverse loop jughandle. This concept however would have required the costly condemnation of an existing Exxon gas station.
Unique or Unusual Design Features:
At the present time the project has been completed and opened to the public. Route 1 North travelers now have a quick and easy means of access to Route 522 West.
As a result of the efforts of Township Engineer David J. Samuel, P.E., P.P., & C.M.E., the construction of a long awaited Master Plan roadway has been completed at minimal cost to the municipality.