Tuesday, March 28, 2023
On Wednesday, March 29, Atlantic County and Stockton University are scheduled to culminate the completion of $1.3 million in improvements to the Pomona Road and Vera King Farris Drive intersection in Galloway Township with the activation of a new traffic signal system, one of several implemented measures to improve the safety of motorists, pedestrians and cyclists in the area.
The county and Stockton shared the costs of the improvements to reduce congestion and improve access for those entering and exiting the college along Vera King Farris Drive onto Pomona Road. The intersection was converted from a single stop to a full traffic signal.
“Stockton University is a thriving institution that is attracting increasing numbers of students and visitors. These improvements will help ensure a safer flow of traffic into and out of campus and better protect those traveling by car, bicycle or on foot,” stated County Executive Dennis Levinson.
Additionally, Pomona Road was widened to include a dedicated southbound left turn lane and northbound right turn channel onto Vera King Farris Drive for those entering the university.
Each of the new traffic signals is equipped with retroreflective backplate borders to make it more visible to motorists. Studies have found a 15-24% reduction in the number of crashes at signalized intersections using this equipment.
Other improvements include stormwater system upgrades, new timber split rail fencing, new street lighting, upgraded high-visibility crosswalks, accessible curb ramps and pedestrian signals with audible and vibrotactile indicators to meet ADA standards.