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County Receives $5.75 Million in Federal Funding for Road Improvements

Roads in Franklin, Deptford, Mantua and Mullica Hill to receive upgrades

(Woodbury, NJ) – Gloucester County is the recipient of $5.75 million in federal funding for several road improvement projects that could begin in 2015 announced Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger and Freeholder Heather Simmons today.

Tuckahoe Road in Franklin Township, Woodbury-Glassboro Road in Deptford Township bordering Mantua Township, and North Main Street/Route 45 in Mullica Hill are all slated for major upgrades.

Freeholder Director Damminger said, "The roads we have received funding for today have not been resurfaced in many years and require updating and safety improvements like bicycle safe grates and new guardrails." 

"The Woodbury-Glassboro Road project will also include the construction of a new traffic signal at the intersection of Salina Road/Barkbridge Road at the Deptford/Wenonah municipal boundary," said Damminger.  

Freeholder Heather Simmons, Liaison to Public Works said that the federal funding of these projects is a benefit to county taxpayers and motorists.  

“The roads the county will be able to repair through receiving this funding are major and costly projects.  Sometimes we all feel like we don't get anything back from Washington DC, but this funding helps keep our budget inline and our infrastructure safe,” Simmons said. 

Simmons said that after state and federal authorization of the plans that the county is looking to bid and award the projects and begin them in 2015.   

A brief summary of the projects follows.

Tuckahoe Road - $2.3 million

The project involves the resurfacing and safety improvements to County Route 557, from approximately 500 feet north of Marsh Lake Branch (prior federal reconstruction) in Franklin Township to the intersection of Main Road, County Route 555 also in Franklin. The project will also include the construction of bicycle lanes on the resurfaced section and adjoining section of CR557 and CR555 to link up bicycle facilities.

The project will consist of milling and resurfacing the pavement from approximately 500 feet north of Marsh Lake through the intersection of Main Road (County Route 555)/West Malaga Road (County Route 659) in Franklin Township.  The current centerline grade of the pavement will be proposed construction baseline used to reestablish the crown and super elevation. Existing deteriorated concrete vertical curb will be replaced where required.  Curb ramps will be replaced in kind to meet current ADA standards. Bicycle safe inlet grates will be installed where needed and inlet heads will be installed to comply with the current storm water regulations. Long life traffic stripes and raised pavement markers will be installed on the new pavement surface. 

Additionally the project will restripe the adjoining road section of Tuckahoe Road to provide continuous bicycle lanes from the existing multi-purpose trail crossing of Tuckahoe Road (County Route 555) in Monroe Township near Williamstown High School and Owens Park through the proposed resurfaced Section 5 and continuing to Route US 40 and Section 6 of Tuckahoe Road, County Route 557 in Franklin Township.  Accompanying bicycle signing will be constructed to link the multi-purpose trail to the Blackwater Park multi-purpose trail (former rail line) in Buena Township Atlantic County near the Franklin Township, Gloucester County line near Route US 40.  Signing for bicycle points of interest (i.e. Owens Park, Veteran's Cemetery, Scotland Run Park, existing trails, town centers, etc.) will be provided.  Estimated construction cost is 2.3 million.

Woodbury Glassboro Road - $2.65 million

The project involves the resurfacing and safety improvements to County Route 553 from the new paving line at Woodcreek intersection in Deptford Township to the new paving line near Tylers Mill Road (near Route 55) in Mantua Township. Portions of the roadway, notably near the Route 55 interchange have major surface cracking and recent winter damage.

The project will consist of milling and resurfacing the pavement from approximately 600 feet north of Tylers Mill Road (prior widening project) in Mantua Township to the Woodcreek Road intersection in Deptford Township.  The overpass structure, as well as the concrete bridge deck and concrete bridge approaches at the Route 55 interchange is excluded from the project (this structure and the concrete road surface is in good condition and is under NJDOT jurisdiction).  Any deteriorated concrete base course uncovered during the resurfacing project will be rehabilitated during the project.  The current centerline grade of the pavement will be proposed construction baseline used to reestablish the crown. Existing deteriorated concrete vertical curb will be replaced where required.  Curb ramps will be replaced in kind to meet current ADA standards. Guiderail will be upgraded at the existing bridge crossings of Mantua Creek (County Bridge 4-I-6) and at Monongahela Brook (County Bridge 4-I-3).  The existing parapets will be epoxy coated as part of the project.  Existing grass cover will remain under any modified/upgraded guiderail.  Rip-rap will be replaced in kind at the bridge and existing culvert crossings.  Bicycle safe inlet grates will be installed where needed and inlet heads will be installed to comply with the current storm water regulations.  Long life traffic stripes and raised pavement markers will be installed on the new pavement surface. 

The existing traffic signal systems at the Lowes Drive, Mantua Boulevard (CR676), Timberline Center Drive/Target and Center Street (CR603) will be upgraded to comply with current regulations.  The State traffic signal at the Route 55 northbound on ramp at CR553 under NJDOT jurisdiction was recently upgraded by the State (and is not under County jurisdiction) and is excluded from work.  The project will also include the construction of a new traffic signal at the intersection of Salina Road/Barkbridge Road at the Deptford/Wenonah municipal boundary.  Estimated construction cost is 2.65 million.

North Main St. /Rt. 45 Mullica Hill

The project involves the resurfacing and safety improvements to Route 45 from the new paving line at the Mullica Hill By-Pass (Route US 322/CR536) to the new paving line near Mill Road (Old Route US 322) and the Bridge over the Raccoon Creek in the Village of Mullica Hill in Harrison Township. The roadway sections on either side have been resurfaced leaving the distressed pavement in the downtown district of Mullica Hill.

The project will consist of milling and resurfacing the pavement from the new paving line from the recent intersection improvements from the construction of the Mullica Hill By-Pass (Route US 322/CR536) to the new paving line from the recent construction of the new traffic signal constructed at Route 45 and Mullica Road at the Raccoon Creek Bridge.   Guiderail will be upgraded at the existing bridge crossings of Raccoon Creek and the former mill race.  Existing grass cover will remain under any modified/upgraded guiderail.  Bicycle safe inlet grates will be installed where needed and inlet heads will be installed to comply with the current storm water regulations.  Long life traffic stripes and raised pavement markers will be installed on the new pavement surface.  Estimated construction cost is $800,000.

All three projects will include bicycle safe grates and NJDEP ECO compliant heads and grates will be installed to comply with current storm water regulations.  No new drainage will be constructed however the existing drainage structures that have deteriorated walls and have silted in and will be reconstructed in-kind.