Salem County Freeholder Deputy Director Ben Laury announced three major road repair and safety projects. The construction projects will begin in 2015 and will involve Elmer-Shirley Rd. (Rt. 611), Commissioners Pike (Rt. 581) and Willow Grove Rd/spillway.
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Salem County – Salem County Freeholder Deputy Director Ben Laury today announced three major road repair and safety projects totaling more than $6.1 million will begin in 2015, almost 90% of the costs paid through federal and state funds.
The construction projects on portions of Elmer-Shirley Road (Route 611), Commissioners Pike (Route 581), and the Willow Grove Road/spillway are slated to begin this spring. New Jersey Transportation Trust Funds will cover 100 percent of the funding for the first two projects. Federal Highway Administration funds will cover approximately $3 million of the $3.7 million Willow Grove project.
“Salem County aggressively pursued funding for these three construction projects, and ultimately teamwork at all levels helped secure the necessary state and federal funds to cover a majority of the costs,” said Deputy Director Laury. “Through this partnership, we are able to secure a return of tax dollars to Salem County.”
Specifically, the road repair and safety projects are:
- Elmer-Shirley Road (County Road #611) — Resurfacing construction project in the amount of $1,392,245. Work includes resurfacing and safety improvements on 3.25 miles from Route 77 in Pittsgrove Township to Mill Road in Elmer Borough. State funds cover 100 percent of the contract costs.
- Commissioners Pike Phase 4 (County Road 581) – Resurfacing construction project in the amount of $1 million. Work includes resurfacing and safety improvements on Commissioners Pike from Woodstown-Daretown Road (Route 615) to State Highway 40 in Pilesgrove Township. State funds cover 100 percent of the contract costs.
- Willow Grove Road/spillway – Construction and safety project in the amount of $3,731,607. Work includes steel sheet piling along Willow Grove Road, construction of a new spillway/water control structure, repairs to an existing bridge, and road resurfacing and safety improvements.
The construction contract was awarded to South State, Inc. of Bridgeton. Construction is scheduled to continue through 2015, running concurrently with construction on the Cumberland County portion of Willow Grove Road. Federal funds cover 80 percent of the road repair and safety improvement contract costs.
Freeholder Director Julie Acton said, “Maintaining our road infrastructure is critical to the residents of Salem County, to the people who come into the County to work and to those who come to visit. It is imperative to ensure the safety of our roads and bridges. No doubt, this is an expensive undertaking that can take place only with the help of federal and state funding.”