County to Reconstruct and Add a Signal to Route 322 & Tomlin Station Road
(Harrison Twp, NJ) - Gloucester County Freeholders and Harrison Township officials joined today to break ground on a project that will help improve the safety of a major intersection on Route 322. The County of Gloucester will be reconstructing and signalizing the intersection of Route US 322, Swedesboro Road, and Tomlin Station Road (County Route 607) in Harrison Township.
"Right now this intersection is controlled by stops signs and it is no longer a sufficient and safe way to control traffic. We have over 20,000 vehicles traveling through this intersection and it requires widening, improvements and a signal," said Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney.
The Route US 322 corridor is a major east-west connector for Gloucester County which serves not only the heart of Gloucester County but is a vital link for the State and interstate traffic and commerce. It is the main link from the Commodore Barry Bridge to Route 55.
Tomlin Station Road intersects US Route 322 midway between Route 45 at Mullica Hill and the New Jersey Turnpike Interchange 2. Tomlin Station Road (CR 607) serves as a collector road and link from the Gibbstown section of Greenwich Township through to Route 45 and County Route 694 in South Harrison Township. Tomlin Station Road between US Route 322 and Swedesboro-Franklinville Road, (County Route 538) serves a growing community and a growing industrial and medical arts center (at US Route 322 back to Woodland Avenue). This segment also serves as an alternate route for east-west traffic through the County of Gloucester as a connector to Swedesboro-Franklinville Road.
Freeholder Deputy Director Damminger said, "By making improvements and adding a signal the county is making this a safer intersection. A large scale healthcare facility is planned at this intersection and this corridor has been studied for continuing industrial development and as the part of a past corridor study through the New Jersey Department of Transportation." Damminger said that the County will be using state aid funds to complete the project.
All four approaches of the intersection of Route US 322 (CR 536) with Tomlin Station Road (CR 607) will be widened to accommodate left-turn lanes. In addition, the eastbound approach will be widened to include a right-turn lane. A traffic signal will be installed and the project will include replacement of guiderail, grading and profile improvements to remove a severe dip condition at the intersection and drainage improvements to capture runoff at the new gutter lines.
During part of the construction, Tomlin Station Road will be closed and detoured between Tuscan Lane and Route 322, with traffic detoured onto Kings Highway (CR 551) and Route 322. The project is anticipated to be completed in the spring of 2011 and the contractor will be RE Pierson Construction Company at a total contract cost of $1,139,889.00. The County will utilize State Aid funding for the construction project.