SJTPO works closely with its constituent planning partners to connect transportation projects to federal funding. In recent months, a total of nine projects in three of SJTPO’s four counties have been authorized to advance for federal funding. A project is ‘authorized’ when it has received final approval to begin spending federal dollars. Of the nine projects, four are in Atlantic County, three are in Cumberland County, and two are in Salem County. Each project is included in the latest Fiscal Year (FY) 2018-2027 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), which is the SJTPO product that documents funded projects.
In Atlantic County, the first project authorized is Route 73 (Blue Anchor Road), Route 322 to Route 54 (Twelfth Street). This $1.3 million project will resurface a 2.4 mile stretch of Route 73 within the existing right-of-way. The second project is referenced in the TIP as Delilah Road (County Route 646), English Creek Road to Sharkey Place. This $1.1 million project will allow for reconstruction of the roadway, down to the base layers of asphalt, for a 1.27 mile stretch of Delilah Road. Further, the third project authorized is referred to as Chelsea Section, Albany Avenue. Located in Atlantic City, the design phase of this project was authorized for $133,000. The designs will include improvements to the roadway including resurfacing, upgrades to curb ramps, drainage improvements, and more. The construction phase of this project is expected to follow in FY 2019, when the design is completed. Also, in Atlantic City, is the Atlantic Avenue, Morris Avenue to Rhode Island Avenue project. Funded in earlier years with Transportation Trust Fund (TTF swap) funding, this project, which is in the design phase, will use $116,000 of funding to design mill and overlay on sections of Atlantic Avenue including ADA ramps, storm drain repairs, and compliant manhole lids and rims. Roadway improvements will be completed along two disjointed segments; Morris Avenue to Arkansas Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue to Rhode Island Avenue.
In Cumberland County, specifically in the City of Vineland, the West Avenue, Landis Avenue to Chestnut Avenue project was authorized for $1.2 million. The project, which is in the construction phase, calls for roadway mill and overlay within the existing right-of-way. In addition, the project calls for the removal and replacement of concrete items, such as curbs or other drainage features, and rehabilitation of the existing storm sewer infrastructure, as needed. The second project, also in the construction phase is the Cumberland County Systemic High Friction Surface Treatment Program – HRRR. This $2.3 million Local Safety Program project will reduce the risk of run-off-the-road crashes along 18 curves along 6 high risk rural roads (HRRRs) throughout the County. High friction surface treatment refers to the application of a thin layer of course stone to the roadway that improves the ability of vehicles to get traction and reduce the chances of skidding when travelling along a curve. The safety improvements to these areas will not only include the high friction surface treatment but also the replacement and upgrade of existing regulatory and warning signage to current design and retro-reflectivity standards within the project’s limits. The third project, FY 2018 Cumberland County Federal Road Program is the largest at $2.6 million. The funding will cover the mill and overlay of various roadways within the existing right-of-way. The roadways included are Route 347 (from Maurice Town Causeway to Cumberland County Line), Union Road (from Mays Landing Road to NJ Route 49), and a stretch of Barretts Run Road (County Route (CR) 661).
In Salem County, the FY 2018 Salem County Mill and Overlay Resurfacing Program is in the design phase. This $43,000 project, authorized in mid-September, will conduct design for the mill and overlay of various roadways in Salem County. Safety improvements will also be made. The roadway selected for FY 2018 is CR 639 Willow Grove Road (from Centerton Road (CR 610) to Alvine Road (CR 655)). The last project recently authorized in the region is Hook Road (CR 551), E. Pittsfield Street to Route 295 – phase one. The $1.1 million project will include the resurfacing of Hook Road from East Pittsfield to I-295 Northbound.
For more information on each project, such as the project sponsor or funding source, please review the FY 2018-2027 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) document, which is available on the TIP webpage.