Oakview Avenue will now be a cross street following the approval of an ordinance during the May 28 council meeting.
“The ordinance, basically, amends Oakview Avenue’s designation as a ‘through street,’ meaning there were previously no stop signs along Oakview, to create a four-way stop at the intersection of Oakview and Harvard,” said Bridget Palmer, township communications director.
According to Palmer, the ordinance resulted from months of collaboration between the township and several residents of the Oakview section who had voiced concerns about the potential traffic impact of a new Wawa being built on Haddonfield Road.
“The township heard their concerns and crafted a plan for increased traffic control that will, we believe, alleviate any potential negative impact on their neighborhood and their quality of life,” Palmer said. “This was a perfect example of government and residents working together to achieve a positive outcome for everyone involved.”
In other news:
A resolution passed awarding a contract for the first phase of repairs to the entire stretch of Old Orchard Road, with the help of more than $190,000 in municipal aid funding from the state, Palmer said.
“This phase will include road resurfacing, repairs to the concrete curbs and installation of handicap ramps, and will stretch from Route 70 to Highgate Lane,” Palmer said. “We recently received another $200,000 in municipal aid to use for phase two, and hope to secure additional aid money for a third and final phase that will allow us to finish the project.”
According to Palmer, Mayor Chuck Cahn has made it a priority to invest in the township’s infrastructure, including improvements to the more than 226 miles of roadway under the township’s jurisdiction.
The administration allocated more than $8 million for capital improvements in this year’s budget, including more than $3 million for road maintenance.
“These are much-needed repairs that will make traveling on this highly traveled neighborhood street smoother and
safer, and we are pleased to see the project move forward,” Palmer said.
The next township council meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the N. John Amato Council Chambers in the municipal building, located at 820 Mercer St.