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Mountain Boulevard Improvements Focus of May 14 Meeting

County project aims to widen, straighten sections of road in Watchung.

As plans to improve a section of Mountain Boulevard in Watchung proceed, some residents living along the road have been trying to make sure the rural nature of the area remains, borough officials say.

Cutting down trees and adding sidewalks would certainly change the nature of the bucolic drive, and while plans for sidewalks are included in the county's designs, sidewalks are not part of the project.

"As much as safety is an issue, you don't want to make it an interstate highway, either," Borough Administrator Thomas Atkins said. "And the county doesnt want to, either."

The project wil repave, widen and take some of the curve out of the road between the Warren Township border and Anderson Road.

The county will offer area residents a chance to study the plans more closely and learn more about the project at 6:30 p.m. Monday during a meeting at the borough courtroom, located in the police department building.

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