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Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced on Monday, January 23rd that plans were being designed to modernize the intersection of Watchung Avenue and Park Street/Watchung Plaza in Montclair. The improvements will enhance pedestrian safety and improve the flow of motor vehicle traffic through the commercial district.

“Updating our infrastructure and making sure our roads are safe for our pedestrians and motorists has been one of our ongoing priorities. Because of the unique configuration of the Watchung Plaza intersection and vibrancy of the Watchung commercial district, we wanted to make sure that we were providing the most up-to-date conditions to maximize safety,” DiVincenzo said. “The improvements we are planning will address concerns shared with us by residents and Montclair officials,” he added.

The plan calls for the introduction of traffic signals and enhanced roadway striping to regulate the flow of motor vehicles traveling through the area and provide safe crossing for pedestrians. In addition, motor vehicle traffic exiting the Watchung Avenue Extension Lot will only be able to make a right turn onto Watchung Avenue.

“I want to thank the County Executive and his team for their time and attention to this crucial intersection at Watchung Plaza. I appreciate the patience of our constituents to allow the country to take the necessary steps to get the job done in a manner that meets every concern,” Commissioner Brendan Gill said.

Essex County has awarded a professional services contract with Klein Traffic Consulting from West Orange to design the intersection improvements. Once the engineering plans are complete, the project will be put out for a public bid.