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Bergen County and Demarest Collaborate on Intersection Improvement at County Road & Hardenburgh Avenue

Hackensack – In a decisive move to enhance pedestrian safety and traffic flow, the Bergen County Board of Commissioners approved resolution 0484-24 at their May 1, 2024 meeting, establishing a shared services agreement with the Borough of Demarest for intersection improvements and re-signalization at County Road & Hardenburgh Avenue. This initiative, greenlit in May, underscores the county's commitment to improving infrastructure in high-traffic zones.

The agreement delineates clear responsibilities for both parties. Bergen County will take the lead on the design, bid specifications, construction, and re-signalization of the intersection. Meanwhile, the Borough of Demarest is tasked with survey work, property acquisition, and other preparatory activities necessary for the project. This collaborative effort is aimed at ensuring safer and more accessible roadways for both residents and visitors.

"Ensuring the safety of our residents and visitors is a top priority for Bergen County," said Commissioner Rafael Marte. "These resolutions demonstrate our proactive approach to addressing pedestrian safety concerns and implementing tangible solutions. By partnering with municipalities and leveraging shared services, we are able to enhance our infrastructure and create safer environments for all."

“Thank you to Mayor Bernstein, the borough council, and the residents of Demarest for their advocacy in bringing this request forward to improve the intersection of Hardenburgh Avenue and County Road,” said County Executive Jim Tedesco. “My administration takes great pride in our commitment to shared services and this new agreement will greatly enhance safety for pedestrians and drivers alike. By continually making infrastructure upgrades across the county, we are building safer and more accessible communities for all.”

“I would like to thank County Executive Jim Tedesco and the Bergen County Board of Commissioners for partnering with Demarest to make intersection improvements, including the addition of a much needed turn signal at County Road and Hardenburgh Avenue,” said Demarest Mayor Brian Bernstein. “I have had several meetings with the County Executive since becoming Mayor and he has always promised to listen to our issues and to partner with us to make our residents safer.  He made good on his promise. I greatly appreciate your collaborative vision and partnership with the County to improve safety and traffic flow to protect our school children, residents, pedestrians and drivers.”

The resolution reflects Bergen County's ongoing commitment to pedestrian safety and infrastructure improvement, setting a precedent for future collaborative projects across the county.