by William E. Cleary Sr.
THREE YEARS LATER—At long last the first phase of the reconstruction of the Broadway Bridge (Camden County Route 551)between Gloucester City and Brooklawn has been completed. The $4.15 million project included the demolition of the existing structure and construction of a new bridge — including new abutments, bridge span, decking and parapets. The project also features new bridge approaches, new pedestrian sidewalks, new guide rails, traffic striping and roadway markings.
The work began in August 2012. Camden County had originally announced it would be completed by the summer of 2013.
In April Dan Keashen, a spokesman for the county, said the work on the bridge would be finished by late spring or early summer. Asked whether or not the approach from Gloucester City into Brooklawn will be repaired, Keashen said, “Not at this time.”
“We had to start first with the repair of the bridge. We plan on expanding out to that approach in the future. Between the county and Gloucester City we will be working on a long term project to remediate the main thoroughfare with capital funds and FEMA funding. It will be a multi-million dollar project when all the funding sources are organized.”
Broadway on the Gloucester City side of the bridge is much lower. When the tide is extremely high, or there is a heavy rain, you cannot enter or exit Brooklawn or Gloucester City using south Broadway, also known as CR551.
Keashen said the bridge will not flood, and the Broadway Bridge reconstruction is slated to come in under budget. The bridge contractor is Mugrose Construction Inc., of West Caldwell NJ.
As for why the reconstruction has taken so long, Keashen said, “The Broadway Bridge delay has come from the fact that we have committed to replacing the bridge without closing it. In turn keeping it open to traffic slowed construction along with adverse weather conditions at certain times of the year.”
NEW OFFICERS FOR THE CCPD-- The Camden County Police Department (CCPD) will hold a brief ceremony on Monday, June 1 to formalize the promotion of 10 lieutenants and three captains prior to the annual San Juan Bautista flag raising ceremony in front of police headquarters, 800 Federal Street at 11 a.m.
The department is promoting 10 new lieutenants and three captains, including Linda Alicea, a Camden native and veteran officer who will become the city’s highest ranking Latina female police officer ever with her promotion to lieutenant. Alicea grew up in North Camden and became a police officer in 1999 with the former city police department. As a lieutenant, she will take command of all patrol and Neighborhood Response Team units in the city’s 4th District covering Whitman Park and Parkside.
Following the promotions ceremony, the annual San Juan Bautista flag raising ceremony will be held in front of the Camden County Police Department headquarters at 11 a.m. The ceremony marks the beginning of a month of celebrations of Puerto Rican culture in the city leading up to the San Juan Bautista Parade at the end of June.
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