Detours to take effect on Grove Street bridge next Wednesday

Camden County is proceeding with repair projects on both the Grove Street and Cuthbert Boulevard bridges over the Cooper River.

Detours will finally be put into place on Grove Street next Wednesday as the construction project on the bridge over the Cooper River kicks off.

Camden County officials announced they have begun work on both the Grove Street and Cuthbert Boulevard bridge projects. Beginning on Aug. 8, traffic will not be permitted to travel northbound on Grove Street, from Haddonfield toward Route 70, over the bridge for the duration of the project. A detour will be implemented at Kings Highway and will take traffic around the work zone on Park Boulevard. Southbound traffic, from Route 70 toward Haddonfield, will remain open for the duration of the project and will not be impeded by construction activities. Pedestrian access will be maintained during construction.

“Improving our roadway and bridge infrastructure while increasing highway safety is one of the best investments we can make in our county,” said Freeholder Susan Shin Angulo, liaison to the Department of Public Works. “Based on structural conditions of both spans it was imperative we get this begin this work as soon as possible. Furthermore, for this construction to be effective cars cannot travel over the portion of the bridge being worked on, which will facilitate at least one shutdown on the northbound lane of Grove Street going towards Route 70 from Haddonfield to Cherry Hill.”

The $1 million projects funded by the state Department of Transportation Local Bridge Future Needs fund will include strengthening of the weakened beams by the addition of steel angles, steel plate, and steel channels to the webs and flanges of the affected beams as specified by the engineer. The work shall include traffic control and maintenance, cleaning and painting of steel, and the installation of reinforced concrete diaphragms.