HILLSBOROUGH TOWNSHIP, NJ (Somerset County) – Congressman Tom Kean, Jr. joined Mayor Shawn Lipani to tour a segment of Route 206 in Hillsborough Township currently under halted construction.
The purpose of the tour was to evaluate the consequences of the recent halt in the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s (NJDOT) Route 206 widening project. This unexpected pause in construction has posed significant challenges to the community, adversely affecting traffic flow, public health, safety, and the local economy.
Following the visit, Congressman Kean sent a letter to NJDOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti urging that the department take all necessary steps to restart construction on the Route 206 Widening Project.
“The pause in the Route 206 widening project is dramatically impacting Hillsborough businesses and residents,” Kean said. ” There are real challenges as a result of this delay, from increased traffic congestion to concerns about safety and the local economy. It’s vital that we bring together a multi-level government approach to ensure NJDOT resumes and completes this project.”
“I’m happy to welcome Congressman Kean to Hillsborough today as he tours the abandoned Route 206 widening project that has cast a shadow over our community for far too long,” Lipani said. “His visit highlights the urgency of addressing this issue, allowing him to see firsthand the health and safety concerns we are experiencing as well as the impact it has made on our local businesses. We hope his insights will help us find a way forward and that we have his support in advocating for the completion of this crucial project.”
“Completing this road construction project is not just a matter of convenience; it’s about ensuring the safety and well-being of our residents and the prosperity of our local businesses,” said Committeeman James Ruh.
“This overwhelming show of unity from our business community underscores the critical importance of this project for our town’s economic growth and prosperity, said Zuzana Karas, Hillsborough Economic and Business Development Director. “We are grateful for their unwavering support as we work towards making the completion of this project a reality.”