Tuckahoe Road Reconstruction In High Gear
(Franklin Twp., NJ) - At the start of the year the Gloucester County Department of Public Works began the reconstruction and realignment of Tuckahoe Road (CR 557) in Franklin Township. The project runs half a mile south of the Lake Avenue/Victoria Avenue intersection and extends to half a mile northwest of the Piney Hollow Road intersection in Franklin.
Yesterday, June 1, road reconstruction began on the north end of the project. This work includes soil erosion control, grubbing operations and roadway construction. The existing road will be removed and work will begin on the new roadway alignment. Later this month other work will begin including culvert and drainage construction. There will be additional utility relocations during the construction of the culvert and storm water basin. Work will progress in phases heading south on Tuckahoe road.
In March a road detour was implemented along the project route beginning at Main Road (CR 555) to Route 40 (Harding Highway). The contractor and utility companies have performed site clearing, roadway box out and utility relocations necessary for the new realignment of Tuckahoe Rd. The same detour will be in effect throughout this portion of the project.
The project includes widening the existing roadway to provide 10-foot shoulders, full-depth replacement of existing pavement, minor realignments to improve roadway curvature, provision of superelevation to meet safety standards, and realignment of the southern end of the road to create a new intersection with Route 40. New drainage inlets and culverts will be installed and stormwater basin management facilities will be constructed.
The project will also include the installation of new long life traffic stripes, raised pavement markers, guide rail upgrades along with the replacement of existing curb pieces with Eco Type heads and the installation of bicycle safe grates as needed. New curbing will be constructed and driveway aprons affected by the construction will be replaced.
During the detour, residents within the project limits will have access to their homes. Driveway aprons within the project limits shall be maintained by the contractor during construction. The remaining traveling public shall follow the posted detour route.
The $2.3 million project is federally funded. Work is being performed by South State Inc. It is anticipated that construction will be completed and the road will be reopened in December 2010.