Friday, December 20, 2002
Needed improvements to the intersection of New Road (Route 9) and Tilton Road will come a year sooner according to Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson. At Levinson's urging, NJDOT Commissioner James Fox said that the state would make every effort to expedite the reconstruction of this key intersection.
According to Fox, NJDOT anticipates completing the environmental review process by spring 2003. The final design will then be accelerated and, barring any unforeseen circumstances, construction could start by the end of 2004, one year earlier than originally planned
"We are very pleased with the cooperation we received from Commissioner Fox and NJDOT on this matter," Levinson said. "This is one of the most congested intersections in Atlantic County. Reconstructing it is not an easy project since it requires property acquisition and the need to provide ongoing access to local businesses. I want to personally commend Commissioner Fox for his active role in helping to move this project to fruition. This project is long overdue and I am grateful for his cooperation. You may rest assured that county government will do its part to ensure this improvement is completed as quickly as possible."
Plans call for widening the roadway and installing new signalization including left turn lanes and improved drainage.
A feasibility study undertaken by the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization was completed earlier this year. NJDOT is in the process of completing the environmental reviews necessary for the release of federal funding. Once the Federal Highway Administration approves the environmental review, funds will be made available for the final design and property acquisition.
For more information please contact Howard J. Kyle, Chief of Staff, at (609) 343-2223.