Resurfacing of King;s Highway in Swedesboro Nearly Complete
(Swedesboro, NJ) – Gloucester County’s Department of Public Works is completing final paving on a major resurfacing project of Kings Highway (County Routes 605 and 551). The entire length of the roadway within the Borough of Swedesboro, approximately 1.2 miles, is anticipated to be complete by the end of the week.
“The County has been constructing this project in concert with improvements by the Borough, including a streetscape project Swedesboro is doing and a recently completed major utility project,” said Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney. “This project has been a big undertaking, but the end result will be worth it to the residents of Swedesboro and to motorists,” said Sweeney.
Freeholder Deputy Director Bob Damminger said that the residents and Borough officials have maintained a great attitude throughout the length of the project.
“Kings Highway in Swedesboro is a major destination in the community, and everyone has been patient during this project,” said Freeholder Damminger. “We wanted to make sure the repaving was finished so it didn’t interfere with Swedesboro-Woolwich Day, and it appears that we are going to make our timeline,” Damminger stated. Swedesboro-Woolwich Day is scheduled for September 30th along Kings Highway in Swedesboro.
Damminger, the liaison to the Department of Public Works said that the federally and state funded project utilizes new technology which involves a geogrid metal mesh which is laid on top of the existing concrete base before the asphalt overlay is placed.
The geogrid, which resembles chain link metal fencing, was constructed to bridge the concrete joints or old seams to control reflective cracking. This eliminates the immediate need for sawing a new joint in the asphalt overlay.
“This new construction technology should result in a smoother and quieter riding surface through much of Swedesboro when compared to the old concrete,” said Damminger.
Upon completion of the project, the County will commence traffic studies to determine the design for a new traffic signal system at the intersection of Lake Avenue (CR694) and Auburn Road (CR551) at its intersection with Kings Highway.
The $1.5 million project was fully funded through state and federal funds.