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Here's this week's question:
Question from Gloucester Township Patch: Is the county planning repairs to Jarvis, Erial and Woodbury Turnersville Road? How does the county approach road repair?
Answer from Freeholder Ian K. Leonard: The Camden County Department of Public Works, is always working on the roads throughout the county. Now that winter is gone and spring has come, pothole and repair crews are out all the time working to repair and resurface county roads.
The county has a list of road repair and reconstruction projects every year. The list can change and grow as assessments change or problems surface. We know how important roads are to residents and we work very hard to keep them in shape.
The reconstruction and repair of Jarvis Road in Gloucester Township has been identified as a major road improvement project, and a preliminary cost estimate is being worked on by the Camden County Engineering Department at this time. The project requires drainage as well as pavement improvements, therefore a pre-qualified engineering firm will be selected through the competitive bidding process to prepare plans and specifications for the roadway project. A request for funding of the construction will be made to New Jersey Department of Transportation Local Aid in 2012, with work done in 2013. The Jarvis Road project will be divided into two sections :
Phase I - Drainage Improvements & Reconstruction of Jarvis Road (Cr 687)
From Sicklervile Road (Cr 705) to Erial Williamstown (Cr 704),
Phase II- Drainage Improvements & Reconstruction of Jarvis Road (Cr 687)
From Erial Williamstown (Cr 704) to Hickstown Road (Cr 688)
Work to resurface Erial Road must wait until the Camden County Municipal Utility Authority completes the installation of a sanitary sewage line—as opposed to a storm drain line on Cross Keys Road. Once that is done, which will take more than a year, Erial will be re-surfaced from College Drive to Hickstown Road.
Woodbury Turnersville Road is not currently on a list for major repairs, but we will continue to assess it and continue to make pothole and other repairs as needed.
We welcome calls from residents who have a particular county road problem to report. The number to call is 856-566-2980.