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Freeholders Break Ground on $6 Million Egg Harbor Road Improvements

(Washington Twp., NJ) – Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert Damminger and Freeholder Heather Simmons, liaison to Public Works were joined by Mayor Barbara Wallace today as they broke ground on a $6 million federally funded roadway improvement project on Egg Harbor Road. 

Director Damminger said, "Approximately 20,000 motorist drive Egg Harbor Road daily.  Completing this project will improve traffic flow and enhance safety on one of the busiest roadways in Gloucester County." 

Damminger said that this first phase of the Egg Harbor Road improvements are from Salina Road to Pembrook Drive and include upgrades in signals by adding turn lanes at the intersections of Hurffville-Grenloch Road and Trent Road and Bentley Drive.  The entire 1.8 mile stretch in phase I will also be widened, major drainage improvements will be made and pedestrian and bicycle accommodations will be added.  A drainage basin will be constructed across from Raymond Drive to handle any overflow from the roadway widening.

Freeholder Heather Simmons, liaison to the Department of Public Works and Engineering said that the addition of solar panels at each of the upgraded intersections and at the intersection of Greentree Road will be added.  She said that the entire length of Phase I will be milled, overlay and re-striped.

“This is a major project and is going to take a little more than a year to complete, but when it is finished it will make a big difference in the quality of life to our residents and motorists,” said Freeholder Simmons. 

Simmons said, “We are looking at completing this phase next fall, and anticipate beginning the second phase of this project which will continue these improvements from Pembrook to the Municipal Building.  Egg Harbor Road is a main artery not only for Washington Township but for the region.”

PNA Construction will complete the 100% federally funded project.  No road closures are expected, but there will be detours and lane shifts throughout the next 13 months of the project.

Freeholder Simmons said that the second phase of the project is also 100% federal funded and construction could begin next summer on that $7 million project.