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Work is expected to begin in the coming days on two local road projects as part of the Township's annual Road Maintenance Program.
Forge Lane from Covered Bridge Road to the terminus is expected to begin Tuesday, Aug. 9, while Valley Run Drive will begin from Ormond Avenue to Maine Avenue on Wednesday, Aug. 10.
Concrete work is being completed on Paddock Way and Melody Lane, with milling and paving expected the week of Aug. 14.
All work is weather-permitting.
Other recently completed roads include portions of Surrey Road, King George Road, Preston Road, New York Avenue, Massachusetts Avenue, West Tampa Avenue, Queen Anne Road, Rhode Island Avenue, Parkwood Drive, Oak Avenue, St. James Avenue, Evergreen Avenue, Hialeah Drive, Belmont Avenue, Bala Road, Lenape and Media Roads, Merion Road, and Old Orchard Road (Phase IV).
All work is being completed as part of the Township's Road Maintenance Program. In all, 56 roads are slated for repair this year.
The program is funded by more than $8 million allocated by Mayor Chuck Cahn and Township Council for road repairs, and includes a mill and overlay of each roadway, as well as isolated concrete work to alleviate tripping hazards.
“Road maintenance is one of the most essential functions of local government,” Mayor Cahn said. “We know that many of our local roads are aging, and it is a serious concern not just for residents, but for myself and Council as well. This year’s expanded program will make significant improvements in some of the areas most in need of repair, and the result will be safer, smoother, and more easy-to-navigate streets for all our residents and motorists.”
Last year, Mayor Cahn announced an increase in spending on local roads, to allow the Department of Engineering to address a greater number of streets in need of repair as quickly as possible. The amount allocated for roadwork has quadrupled since 2012.
In addition to the municipal roads set for repaving, Camden County is in the midst of work to repave both Cooperlanding and Springdale Roads in the Township, while the New Jersey Department of Transportation has announced plans to repave the entire stretch of Route 70 in Cherry Hill in the coming months.
“We will continue to update residents by mail, on social media, and through the Township’s website and email communications as additional roads are set for repair,” Mayor Cahn said. “I am eager to see this program move forward, and make a meaningful impact on our neighborhoods.”