New Jersey DOT increased pedestrian access and safety while helping to grow the local economy through its Route 206 Bypass project.
Route 206 in Hillsborough, N.J., was plagued by high crash rates, poor traffic flow due to high volume, and congestion due in part to frequent access points throughout Hillsborough Township’s central business district.
To address this, NJDOT created a $187 million Route 206 Bypass that provides a controlled access alternative route for regional traffic to travel through the area and avoid the congested portions of existing Route 206. The Route 206 Bypass also creates an opportunity for Hillsborough Township to transform the bypassed section of existing Route 206 into a pedestrian-friendly Main Street/Town Center. The project included sidewalk improvements, planning for a future commuter rail station in the area, and noise barriers for area residents. Now, residents and visitors alike can utilize get around Hillsborough in a safer, more efficient manner.