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Wednesday, January 29, 2003

County Awards Contract for Road Widening Projects

The county has awarded contracts for two road improvement projects mentioned in County Executive Dennis Levinson's recent budget message. The contracts involve widening portions of Buck Hill Road in Corbin City and Wrangleboro Road in Hamilton Township to improve the flow of traffic and enhance public safety.

The two projects were among those specifically mentioned by Levinson in his presentation of Atlantic County's 2003 budget presented on January 14 and are considered to be vital to the area's transportation infrastructure. "Our goal is to ensure that Atlantic County's roadways are able to meet the demands imposed by the region's continued growth and development," said Levinson.

A contract for $388,477 was awarded to A.E. Stone Co., Inc. for the first phase of the multi-phase widening of Wrangleboro Road, covering approximately 2,500 feet of the roadway from one-half mile north of the Atlantic City Expressway overpass to approximately 400 feet north of Alexander Drive. In addition to widening the roadway, the contract calls for the creation of two left hand turn lanes, one at Leah Lane and one at Alexander Drive. Wider shoulders will also be created. Existing drainage facilities will be improved and existing curbing will be relocated.

The $284,000 contract for Buck Hill Road was awarded to Arawak Paving Co., Inc. It includes the widening of approximately 3,000 feet of the roadway from Route 50 to Head of the River Road as well as upgrading the existing drainage system and replacing some curbing and driveway aprons. The roadway will be realigned at Route 50 to create a safer approach. The railroad crossing will also be upgraded for safety purposes.

Both projects are scheduled to begin in early spring and be completed within two to three months of the start date.

For more information, please contact Joe Maher, Department of Regional Planning and Development, at (609) 645-5898.

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