TRENTON – Eleven capital projects in Camden County are scheduled to advance with a total of $144.6 million in funding under the proposed $3.5 billion FY 12 Transportation Capital Program, the Christie Administration announced today.
The program represents the first year of a five-year Transportation Capital Plan that Governor Chris Christie announced in January to put New Jersey on the path toward fiscal health by prioritizing projects, decreasing borrowing and increasing pay-as-you-go cash funding.
“New Jersey’s transportation system helps drive our economy,” Governor Chris Christie said. “The projects being funded in the FY 12 capital program reflect our focus on maintaining road, bridge and transit assets in a state of good repair and will benefit residents in every county throughout the state.”
The Camden County projects include:
· $96.7 million to advance Contract 1 of the Direct Connection project to relieve a bottleneck and improve safety at the interchange of I-295/Route 42/I-76 in Bellmawr and Gloucester City.
· $7.8 million to advance Contract 3 of the Direct Connection project to relieve a bottleneck and improve safety at the interchange of I-295/Route 42/I-76 in Bellmawr and Mount Ephraim.
· $23.4 million to advance a project to replace the Cooper River bridge, widen Route 30/130 northbound from Haddon Avenue to North Park Drive and install sidewalks in the project area in Collingswood and Pennsauken.
· $5 million to advance the I-295/Route 42 Missing Moves project that will create new traffic movements between those roadways in Bellmawr and Mount Ephraim.
· $4.5 million to advance traffic calming and pedestrian safety improvements along River Road/River Avenue in the Cramer Hill section of Camden City.
· $3.85 million to advance Route 30 pavement rehabilitation work on various sections of the highway from east of Broadway Avenue to London Avenue in Laurel Springs, Lindenwold, Clementon and Berlin.
· $1.1 million to advance the replacement of capital assets along NJ TRANSIT’s River Line light rail line which serves locations n Camden, Burlington and Mercer counties.
· $1 million to advance the bridge deck replacement project on I-676 northbound over Newton Creek and I-76 over the south branch of Newton Creek, Klemm Avenue and Conrail tracks in Gloucester and Camden cities.
· $600,000 to advance a Route 168 Newton Lake dam spillway replacement project in Oaklyn, Haddon and Camden City.
· $500,000 to advance a Route 130 drainage improvement project in Haddon and Pennsauken.
· $100,000 to advance the purchase of lift-equipped buses for special transportation services in Camden County.
The FY 12 capital program outlines spending priorities totaling $2.3 billion for NJDOT and nearly $1.2 billion for NJ TRANSIT. It has been submitted to the New Jersey Legislature for review.
The entire Proposed Fiscal Year 2012 Capital Program is available on NJDOT’s web site and is organized by project, county and route.