Somerset County Adopts a Complete Streets Policy

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Somerset County in New Jersey

Somerset County has adopted a Complete Streets Policy after passing a resolution on October 11, 2016. The policy aims to create street corridors that safely accommodate road users of all ages and abilities for all trips, and the policy applies to all road and bridge projects undertaken by the County. It requires the establishment of a checklist of pedestrian, bicycle, and transit accommodations and requires that County transportation projects to be evaluated for Complete Streets feasibility. Street design is required to address pedestrians and bicyclists at crossings, and projects must anticipate future demand on walking and bicycling facilities. All projects must meet ADA and Title VII standards, and connections with Safe Routes to School, Safe Routes to Transit, Transit Villages, trail crossings, and areas with limited transportation options must be considered. In rural areas, paved shoulders or multi-use paths must be included in new construction projects.

Exemptions are possible and must be approved by the Somerset County Engineer. They are limited to scarcity of existing and future population, excessive costs of complete streets accommodations relative to project costs, detrimental social or environmental impacts which outweigh positive effects of accommodations, or if the safety or timing of a project is compromised by including complete streets accommodations.

You can find their policy, along with all other Complete Street policies passed in New Jersey. on this page.

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