Serving as Medford Township Engineer, ERI’s Chris Noll was part of the team of Township representatives responsible for acquiring a Federal TEA-21 grant whose goal was to connect the Village of Medford with the southern suburban areas of the Township by means of a bicycle network along Stokes Road (County Route 541), Himmelein Road (County Route 623) and Taunton Road (County Route 623). In addition to the bike lanes, an asphalt off-road bike path is being constructed on the Pointe Property (locally known as “Cow Point”- the open farm field at the intersection of Branin Road and Stokes Road). This path will take riders from Branin Road to the Village of Medford. A bike path loop will take users to a pavilion on a brick paver foundation in the center of the field. Other amenities will include benches and trash receptacles along the path.
Himmelein Road has been widened to accommodate a designated bike lane from Stokes to Mill Road. Taunton Road is already wide enough to install striping in both directions for on-road bike lanes. All three roads will have proper signage to alert vehicular traffic of the newly installed bike lanes and routes.
To address the runoff from the farm field, storm drainage improvements have been installed along Stokes Road as well.
ERI performed design and is providing construction management and inspection of the work. Construction operations are currently on hold due to winter weather conditions, however, construction is anticipated to re-commence as soon as possible in the Spring of 2018.