Moorestown’s Appearance Committee discussed the proposed Lenola Streetscape Improvements at its Jan. 19 meeting.
Vittorio Anepete, project manager for McCormick Taylor, presented updates on the project, which is in the final design phase.
“The goals of the project really are to create a safe environment, encourage more pedestrian and bicycle traffic, provide a sense of place and identity for Lenola and promote local business development and investment,” Anepete said.
He explained that the project, which focuses on the Camden Avenue corridor of Lenola, was awarded a federal grant of about $1 million in 2018 through the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s (NJDOT) Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP).
“The main feature really was to dedicate bicycle lanes along Camden Avenue,” Anepete noted.
Other proposed upgrades include: a median that will act as a center left turn lane, narrow travel lanes to promote calm traffic, colored brick sidewalks and crosswalks, a signalized pedestrian crossing at New Albany Road, additional signage, trees, furniture and ornamental lighting.
David Hess, member of the Lenola Committee, explained how members addressed the public’s concerns about traffic on Camden Avenue after receiving the grant. The committee seeks to create bike lanes and safe crosswalks.
“We looked at those things and we worked hard to try and also put into play elements that would calm the traffic,” Hess said.
“By tightening the lanes a little bit with the center – I call it a boulevard – that would tend to slow the traffic a little bit, and it would also give us an opportunity to put some landscaping into play.”
Moorestown resident John Logue addressed key upgrades at the Appearance Committee meeting.
“The Moorestown Improvement Association (MIA) in town – under the leadership of Dave Schill, who’s also a resident here on Lenola – put up signs at various entrance points to the town,” Logue explained.
“There’s a uniformity to them,” he added. “They did that at (a) fairly significant expense to their organization and put them up and so on.”
Should the signs be upgraded, Logue suggested the MIA be notified.
At the end of the meeting, Anepete announced that a public information session on updated details will be held in March.