County Switches on New Signals and Shows Woodbury-Glassboro Road Improvements
(Mantua, NJ) – Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger and Freeholder Heather Simmons switched on the new signals today and presented the improvements completed on Woodbury-Glassboro Road (CR 553).
Director Damminger said that the $2.27 million grant funded improvement to Woodbury-Glassboro Road (CR 553) were completed to enhance safety between Lambs Road (CR 635) and Tylers Mill Road in Pitman and Mantua.
Intersection improvements were made to the two existing closely spaced signals at Lambs Road and Tylers Mill Road. Left turn lanes, bicycle compatible shoulders, upgraded drainage and signage were added to both intersections.
Damminger said, “The traffic had routinely backed up through both of these intersections during peak periods primarily due to conflicting left turning movements. A left turn lane and signal has been added so that now you will be able to make a left from the Tylers Mill Road intersection, and both intersections are timed and linked together by the traffic signal controllers to promote traffic safety and alleviate traffic congestion concerns.”
Freeholder Heather Simmons, liaison to the Department of Public Works said, “Traffic volumes in the area have greatly increased since this road section was constructed. In 1993 the signal at Tylers Mill was installed because this was one of the most dangerous intersections in the county at the time. Although the safety level was increased by the addition of this light, the traffic congestion also increased. With the widening of both of these intersections and the added signalization, we have even more safety features and better traffic flow,” said Simmons.
The signals are also solar-powered, which means that the power they generate from the sun help pay the cost of the energy to run the lights. Municipalities pay for the cost of electric service to run traffic signals and solar systems save them between $600 and $1000 a year.
The contractor South State, Inc. completed the 100% state aid funded project on time.