Broadway Work Should Not Disrupt Business, Engineer Says
Westwood officials are planning to change traffic lights to allow drivers to move on Broadway while trains block intersections.
A project to improve traffic signals along Broadway in Westwood should have only a minimal impact on drivers while the work is being done, according to borough engineer Stephen Boswell.
The plan will allow traffic to move on Broadway even when trains come through town, once the work is complete. Currently, traffic stops in all directions on Broadway and intersecting streets along the tracks when a train comes through.
The intersections of Broadway with Irvington Street, Washington Avenue and Westwood Avenue and First Avenue and Jefferson Avenue will be upgraded with LED traffic lights and audible pedestrian crossing signals as part of the project.
"This is going to be state of the art," Boswell said.
Boswell also said that he expects the work can be done without making any traffic detours.
If the work starts next spring or summer, it should be finished by the following winter, according to Boswell. In the case that it lasts until the Christmas shopping season, the work can be temporarily shut down so as to not disrupt local merchants, he said.