(Lindenwold, NJ) – Yesterday, the Board of Commissioners joined the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) and local elected officials to announce the Route 70 corridor improvement project that will relieve congestion and improve motor vehicle and pedestrian safety in Camden County.
“This project is key to increasing the safety and efficiency for the tens of thousands of travelers who use this road every single day,” said Commissioner Virginia Betteridge. “Investing in our county’s infrastructure and ensuring that it will last well into the future is a top priority for the Commissioners and we’re grateful to our state partners for this once in a generation investment into Camden County.”
The $151 million state-funded Route 70 Corridor Improvement Project will upgrade traffic signals at 28 intersections, replace or install four Dynamic Message Signs, improve drainage, sidewalks, and will resurface approximately nine miles of Route 70 from Route 38 in Pennsauken through Cherry Hill to Cooper Avenue in Evesham.
“The investment NJDOT is making now in New Jersey’s infrastructure will help improve travel times, relieve congestion, and increase safety on this key roadway through Camden County,” said Parth Oza, NJDOT’s acting assistant commissioner of Capital Program Management “The Route 70 Corridor Improvement Project is just one example of how infrastructure improvement can enhance the quality of life for New Jersey residents.”
Additionally, the North Maple Avenue loop ramps and the Route 70/Route 73 interchange ramps will be repaved as well.
“Making this immense investment into South Jersey’s infrastructure will serve the Camden County community for years to come,” said Assemblyman Bill Spearman. “Residents and visitors will be able to feel safer when they drive, bike or walk along this major highway, thanks to these vital improvements. In addition, I want to take this opportunity to commend the Department of Transportation for taking action to improve and enhance the conditions of Route 70.”
The project is expected to be performed in phases starting with utility work that is now ongoing. The final phase should be fully completed in early 2027.
“Countless Pennsauken residents travel along Route 70 every day by car, bike or on foot,” said Pennsauken Mayor Jessica Rafeh. “This project will not only improve safety by upgrading necessary assets such as traffic lights and sidewalks, but it will allow for a smoother flow of traffic, which I think everyone who travels through this area can be grateful for. Pennsauken is appreciative that the Board of Commissioners have made this project a top priority for all everyone who lives, works and visits this area of the county.”
This project will work in tandem with the $50 million worth of construction projects set to break ground over the course of the next year throughout the county. Some of these projects are already under way such as the widening of Cross Keys Road through Winslow Township and the reconstruction of Blackwood-Clementon Road in Gloucester Township. This also includes the reconstruction of the Kings Highway Bridge and Chews Landing Road in Haddonfield and the repaving of Burnt Mill Road in Cherry Hill amongst a variety of other projects throughout the county.
“This project will be a game changer to the area,” said Cherry Hill Mayor Susan Shin Angulo. “Ensuring that a road as busy as Route 70 is in top condition is critically important and we’re thrilled that the Camden County Board of Commissioners have invested the time, money and resources to improving it.”