Livingston Avenue "Road Diet"
Upon receiving a feasibility report prepared by the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers to establish a “road diet” on a portion of Livingston Avenue, implementation then began in early 2020. A road diet is a road design that can improve roadway safety for all users with no loss or minimal loss of service on the road by creating a vehicle travel lane in each direction, a center turn lane to accommodate turning traffic without backing up through traffic and adding bicycle lanes and pedestrian improvements to increase safety for all users.
The study found:
- A road diet on an urban street like Livingston Avenue is likely to reduce crashes by 19%;
- The travel time on the street will be increased slightly, but this is a good thing as the vast majority of cars on the street are speeding now;
- The travel delay times are not significant and will not reduce the level of service on the street to unacceptable levels;
- The cost/benefit of doing the road diet is heavily weighted towards the benefits as the added travel time cost is minimal and the cost savings from less loss of life and injury is substantial
As Livingston Avenue is a County road, the City’s steps towards implementing a road diet were to work with the County Engineer’s Office to develop a concept plan, project budget and design plans for a road diet.
- Livingston Ave Complete Streets CDR Narrative
- Livingston Ave Complete Streets CDR Alternatives 1-4 Cross Sections
- Livingston Ave Complete Streets CDR Alternatives 1-4 Aerial View
- VTC Livingston Avenue Road Diet Feasibility Report
- CAIT Livingston Ave Road Safety Audit