Freeholders approve roadway improvement projects for the summer

Millions of dollars in repairs will take place across the county over the next few months.

The following report is from Camden County:

The Freeholder Board’s Department of Public Works (DPW) is continuing its commitment to improving the county’s roads and infrastructure. This summer, the Freeholder Board has scheduled improvement projects for roads, bridges and other infrastructure throughout Camden County communities.

“Year after year the Freeholder Board has recognized that the absolute best investment we can make in Camden County is improvements to our roadway infrastructure and bridges,” said Freeholder Susan Shin Angulo, liaison to the CCDPW. “This year, thanks to new funding from the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund, county residents will see even more major projects than in previous years.”

Among DPW’s largest projects this summer are improvements to several aging and antiquated bridges which continue to service the county’s motorists. First is a project to replace the Clementon Berlin Road Bridge which sits over the north branch of Timber Creek in Clementon. This $2.3 million project will completely replace the obsolete span which was first built in 1929. In addition, DPW crews will also begin major repairs to the Grove Street Bridge and Cuthbert Boulevard Bridge over Cooper River in Cherry Hill. These bridges were built in 1931 and 1939, respectively, and will be repainted and repaired in order to extend each bridge’s service life.

“We are working to ensure that these heavily trafficked bridges and nearby roadways can continue to serve county motorists for years and years to come, as they have since the first half of the twentieth century,” Shin Angulo said. “With proper care and maintenance, we will be able to rely on these roadways as a hub for commuting and commerce.”

Also, this year, DPW will begin to make about $9.5 million in improvements to roadways across county. Projects include Haddonfield-Sorrell Horse Road Connector in Pennsauken Township between Route 130 and Route 73, Federal Street between 19th Street and Marlton Pike in Camden City, and Warwick Road between Somerdale Road and Fox Ridge Drive in Somerdale. Improvement projects will also begin on the first phase of Haddonfield-Berlin Road from Evesham Road to Kresson Road, on

Avondale Avenue from Woodlyn to Hopkins Avenue in Haddon Township and on South Egg Harbor Road from Spring Road to Fleming Pike in Winslow Township.

“These are major commuting roads throughout the county, which means that these improvements will affect thousands of motorists in every municipality,” Shin Angulo said. “Most of these projects will include concrete and asphalt improvements, and all of them are designed to improve the roadways and the traffic that flows through them.”

The exact timing of all of these projects will be determined by the weather and other factors.

“We appreciate the patience and understanding of motorists and county residents for any inconvenience they may experience due to traffic delays or detours which will be posted as a result of these improvement projects,” Shin Angulo continued. “We will be updating motorists and residents in each town prior to the individual projects beginning.”

The Camden County Department of Public Works is responsible for maintaining 1,200 lane miles of county roadway and 50 bridges. They are dedicated to making our area safer for motorists and pedestrians through county highway construction projects and road maintenance, including pothole repairs, street sweeping, grass cutting and storm drainage upkeep. The Public Works Department is located in Lindenwold where personnel are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to serve the residents of Camden County.

To report concerns on Camden County roadways, call (856) 566–2980 or visit www.camdencounty.com.