New roundabout now open on High Hill and Auburn Roads
(Swedesboro, NJ) – Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger, Freeholder Heather Simmons and Freeholder Lyman Barnes cut the ribbon on a newly constructed roundabout today at High Hill Road (CR 662/Bridgeport Ave) and Auburn Road (CR 551) in Swedesboro and Woolwich.
The project was completed months ahead of schedule.
Freeholder Director Damminger said, "This intersection had a lot of issues, including railroad tracks, and a roundabout was chosen because it offers improved safety over other intersection forms and because roundabouts have fewer conflict points, slower speeds, and easier decision making for the traveling public." Damminger said that when comparing a roundabout to a signal, studies show that roundabouts provide a 90 percent reduction in fatal crashes, 75 percent reduction in injury crashes.
Freeholder Heather Simmons said that the project that began on April 17, 2017 was originally to be completed in late fall.
Simmons, Liaison to the Department of Public Works, said, “We made the decision to completely close these roads so that instead of constructing this project in two phases, we were able to work on the phases simultaneously and shaved months off the project.”
“I am grateful the residents of Swedesboro and Woolwich and the entire region for their patience during this construction,” Simmons said, “but the project is completed well ahead of schedule and now it will be safer for those who drive on these roads.”
The construction of the roundabout, which includes new signage, drainage and a drainage basin, was a State Aid funded project. The construction cost was $989,560.00 and South State Inc. was the contractor.
Pictured – Swedesboro Councilwomen Joanna Garhs and Allice O'Belennis, County Engineer Vince Voltaggio, Diane Branco, Swedesboro Mun. Office, Freeholder Heather Simmons, Lois Elder, Swedesboro Dep. Clerk, Freeholder Director Robert Damminger and Freeholder Lyman Barnes.