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Ground is Broken on Next Phase of 322 Improvements

(Mullica Hill, NJ) - A Ground Breaking Ceremony took place today to kick-off construction of the next phase of the Route 322 improvements.  Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney and Freeholder Deputy Director Robert M. Damminger were joined by Mayors of Harrison and Mantua Townships to break ground on this phase of the project that should be completed by next spring. 

The Richwood Phase II Route 322 construction will consist of widening Route 322 to a five lane roadway (two in each direction with a center turn lane).  This widening will run from the traffic signal at Lambs Road (CR 635) to just west of the traffic signal at Barnsboro Road (CR 609).  The two traffic signals will also be improved with left hand turn arrows installed on the County Route approaches.  Turn lanes will be constructed on Barnsboro Road and Lambs Road to improve the left hand turn movements.

The county finished the first phase of this 322 project a month ago and we have seen immediate relief in traffic delays, said Freeholder Director Sweeney.  This next phase is going to further increase the efficiency of Route 322 so this roadway can handle the 27,000 vehicles that travel this area on a daily basis, the Director stated.

Freeholder Deputy Director Damminger said that the Phase II Richwood improvement would also include upgrading drainage facilities to help remove flooding conditions that sometimes exist in the area.  Damminger is the Freeholder Liaison to Public Works.

Damminger said, While planning these improvements the county used a twenty-year growth projection to make sure we werent only building a better roadway for today, but one that will withstand the test of time. 

Damminger said that the Phase II Improvements will also ensure that with the 20 year growth the Level Of Service (LOS) remains at a Level B or better. It is calculated that the longest delay for the 20 year projection along Route 322 through the two intersections will not exceed 22 seconds, with traffic clearing the intersection in one cycle of the traffic light.

This is a large investment the county is making in our infrastructure, but honestly is couldnt be done at a better time, said Damminger.  We are putting people to work at fixing our roads and we expect this project to be completed on time and within budget.

This portion of the Route 322 project is funded by the county, the state is funding the bypass portion.  Phase I of the bypass is in the final engineering and permitting stage and construction on the bypass should begin in 2010.