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Improvements planned for busy East Rutherford intersection ahead of 2026 World Cup at MetLife Stadium


May 15, 2024

As World Cup fever sweeps through New Jersey, officials in Bergen County and East Rutherford are working on ways to address the traffic congestion that comes with increased excitement. One of the main projects they are focusing on is the installation of a traffic light at the corner of Hackensack Street and Union Avenue in East Rutherford. This new traffic light will be semi-actuated and will use vehicle detection technology to ensure the flow of traffic is smooth and efficient.

The main road’s signal will stay green unless a call for service is made by the side street detector, similar to a pedestrian pressing the walk signal to cross the street. In addition to the new traffic light, there are plans to widen Hackensack Street to accommodate a designated right turn lane from Union Avenue. The relocation of the Winters Place bus stop to just north of Union Avenue with a designated cut-out will also help alleviate traffic congestion in the area.

County and borough officials have come together in a shared service agreement to design and install these improvements. Once completed, the project is expected to significantly improve safety for pedestrians and enhance the flow of traffic along Hackensack Street, which is just one block away from Route 17 and is one of the busiest intersections in East Rutherford. By taking proactive measures to address traffic congestion, officials are ensuring that residents and visitors alike can move around the area safely and efficiently.


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