The Cherry Hill Department of Engineering is expected to begin Phase II of the ongoing Old Orchard Road reconstruction project on Monday, July 20.
Funded by Municipal Aid from the New Jersey Department of Transportation, Phase 2 includes the a mill and overlay of the road surface between Highgate Lane and Evans Lane, as well as isolated sidewalk and driveway/apron repairs.
This work is part of a multi-phase effort to repave all of Old Orchard Road. Phase I of the project, from Route 70 to Highgate Lane, was completed in November 2013. Phase III, from Evans Lane to Thornhill Road, is expected to be completed later this year.
The Township was awarded an additional $202,000 from NJDOT earlier this year to complete Phase IV, will allow for repaving between Thornhill Road and Rabbit Run.
To date, the Township has received nearly $800,000 in grant funding for the project.
“Maintaining critical infrastructure such as roads is a top priority for my administration, and I am thrilled to know we will be able to continue our work on Old Orchard Road without the use of tax dollars,” Mayor Cahn said. “Projects such as this one are key to maintaining a high quality of life and to ensuring our neighborhoods stay vibrant and strong. On the heels of several harsh winters that have wrought havoc on local roads, it is critical that we utilize every resource available to keep our roads smooth and safe for travel.”
The Old Orchard project is in addition to the Township’s annual Road Maintenance Program, which rates local roads to prioritize paving efforts in upcoming years. For Fiscal Year 2015, the Township has allocated $3.4 million for road maintenance, with portions of about a dozen roads slated for a mill and overlay and spot replacement of curbs, sidewalks and driveway aprons.
To learn more about the Road Maintenance Program, contact Bob Lee or Kevin McCormack in the Department of Engineering at (856) 424-3203.
Coupled with the Township’s aggressive pothole-repair efforts, a $150,000 Microsurfacing program, and isolated road repairs related to utility work across town, the Old Orchard project and the Road Maintenance Program represent the Cahn administration’s dedication to improving local roads as efficiently and effectively as possible.
“Through smart planning, the use of grants such as this one, and our multi-faceted approach to road maintenance, we can identify the areas most in need of immediate attention and prioritize where and how we apply the resources available to us each year,” Mayor Cahn said.
To learn more about the Township’s road projects and priorities, visit the Township website at www.CherryHill-NJ.com, or call the Department of Engineering (856) 424-3203. To report a pothole, click here, or call Public Works at (856) 424-4422.