Freeway Drive Study Area

Freeway Drive Study Area

 

  • What is this study about?
    • The Freeway Drive Study explores ways in which to make Freeway Drive in Orange and East Orange safer and more user friendly, as well as more accessible to public transportation. The project team is reviewing current conditions along Freeway Drive – such as the number of traffic incidents on the corridor – and gathering input from the public to recommend improvements.
    • Freeway Drive is an important connection between the two cities and to important locations like East Orange Public Library and the Orange Train Station. A safer and more enjoyable Freeway Drive can help improve quality of life along the corridor and in both cities.
  • Introduction/ History of project origins
    • The design and construction of Route 280, Freeway Drive East and West and the bridges over Route 280 did not consider pedestrian access and the need for access to the area’s NJ TRANSIT stations. Despite the densely developed residential and commercial areas north and south of the roadways and the heavy pedestrian traffic, the roadways are regarded as unsafe and difficult for pedestrians and bicyclists.  This discourages potential transit users from accessing the underutilized train stations.
  • Goals of the Project:
    • Reconnect the neighborhoods south of Freeway Drive with their respective downtowns and NJ TRANSIT rail stations;
    • Transform Freeway Drive into a safer and more attractive environment for pedestrians and bicyclists of all ages that can complement the adjacent land uses and redevelopment initiatives;
    • Develop a vision for Freeway Drive that helps create a larger identity for the corridor as a whole, as well as the individual station areas within the corridor;
    • Engage a broad cross-section of stakeholders.
  • Who is involved?
    • The project team consists of the following organizations/entities:

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