Friday, December 6, 2002
Atlantic County is nearing completion of three significant road improvement projects on time and on budget, announced County Executive Dennis Levinson. The projects, totaling more than $1.5 million, were identified by Levinson as part of the county's aggressive 2002 Highway Improvement Plan and include the resurfacing of portions of Tuckahoe Road in Buena Vista Township and Tilton Road in Egg Harbor Township and the construction of 6.5 miles of bike lanes on Tilton Road between Egg Harbor and Galloway townships.
"I am pleased to report that our most recent road improvements will be completed before the end of the year as promised. Our goal is to enhance the safety of our roads at minimal inconvenience to our residents," said Levinson. "Completing projects on time and within budget is an important measure of our program's success."
Federal funding in excess of $1.3 million was obtained for the resurfacing of 2.17 miles of Tuckahoe Road, from Landis Avenue to 20th Avenue, and 1.55 miles of Tilton Road, just north of the former Cardiff circle to the airport circle. Both projects included milling off a portion of the existing asphalt to help correct some of the irregular cross slopes and replacing it with a new asphalt base and surface. Center line pavement reflectors were installed for added safety.
The Tilton Road bike lanes were constructed along the shoulder from the Washington Avenue intersection to Route 30 with funding from a state grant. The $255,000 project included the installation of bicycle safe grates, lane striping and appropriate signage. Levinson said the lanes were installed to improve the safety of those who chose to commute by bike.
To date, the county has completed almost $7 million in highway improvements this year with an equally ambitious plan for next year. "We're making tremendous progress in improving our transportation infrastructure but there's still more work to do," concluded Levinson.
For more information, please contact Joe Maher, Department of Regional Planning and Development, at (609) 645-5898.