(Voorhees, NJ) – Beginning on May 13, the Camden County Department of Public Works is making significant roadway and safety improvements to Haddonfield-Berlin Road (CR561) in Cherry Hill and Voorhees Townships. The $4.3 million project will improve traffic flow and accessibility on one of the county’s most traveled roadways.
“Every year the Freeholder Board gathers data and input from the community to identify problematic roads and highways that need improvements or restorations,” said Freeholder Susan Shin Angulo, liaison to the Department of Public Works. “This stretch in particular stood out because of its typical traffic volume, the condition of the asphalt and concrete in some places, and the need for improved accessibility to reduce congestion.”
The first phase of the project is expected to begin on May 13. At that time, crews will begin installing handicap ramps, making various safety improvements, and completely resurfacing the roadway between Kresson Road and the entrance to I-295 in Cherry Hill. Phase Two will continue similar improvements from the other side of the New Jersey Turnpike to Evesham Road in Voorhees Township.
Two major additions will also impact traffic and commuting along the roadway once the project is completed. At the intersection of Haddonfield-Berlin and Burnt Mill/Browning Roads, a left turn lane will be added on the northbound side of Haddonfield-Berlin Road, allowing motorists to access Burnt Mill Road from both sides of the roadway.
A new turn lane will also be added on the westbound side of Evesham Road at its intersection with Haddonfield-Berlin Road. The addition of a new right turn lane will allow drivers to turn onto Haddonfield-Berlin Road toward I-295 and will improve the flow of traffic where drivers currently have to wait behind vehicles intent on continuing straight.
“Our first priority when it comes to County roads and highways is ensuring the safety of motorists and pedestrians,” Shin Angulo said. “Improving traffic flow and increasing the accessibility of one roadway from another is one way to do just that. These improvements are intended to reduce congestion, ease mobility, and cut down on sudden stops, U-turns, and other dangerous actions that cause accidents and injuries.”
The intersection of Haddonfield-Berlin Road and Evesham road will be completely rebuilt in addition to receiving the additional turning lane. The intersection with Burnt Mill/Browning Road will also receive all new handicap ramping and accessibility improvements.
Work on the main roadway is currently scheduled to take place each day between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Overnight work will only take place at the intersections and when handling concrete.
“I encourage everyone to monitor our progress and stay up-to-date with this project by frequently visiting the Department of Public Works online,” Shin Angulo said. “To keep the public informed once crews have begun working, you’ll find weekly updates and images of what’s been done and where we are in the process.”
The project is expected to take at least one year to complete. There is not currently a schedule regarding the completion of each phase. Timing is dependent on weather and is subject to change. To follow this project, and all of the Department’s other ongoing projects in Camden County, visit http://www.camdencounty.com/service/public-works/current-projects/.