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Freeholder Director Bruce D. Garganio announced today that the start of construction on the much anticipated County Route 530 (South Pemberton Road) improvement project in Pemberton Borough, Pemberton Township and Southampton Township will begin before the end of the calendar year.
During its October 25, 2017 public meeting, the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders authorized a $19.6 million agreement with a construction firm which allows the second phase of the improvement project to commence in the coming months.
“I am thrilled to see this project continue to move forward,” said Director Garganio. “South Pemberton Road is one of the busiest roadways in the county, with an average of 22,000 cars using the road daily. Given the volume of traffic on the road, these much needed improvements will reduce congestion and make it safer for county residents traveling on the roadway.”
The second phase of the project consists of widening about 2.7 miles of the road from Hanover Street in Pemberton Borough to Route 206 in Southampton. Roadway safety improvements will include wider lanes, 6-foot shoulders, and a continuous center-turn lane for the length of the project. Additionally, a traffic signal will be installed at the Birmingham Road and County Route 530 intersection.
The first phase of the project, the reconstruction of the South Pemberton Road and Hanover Street intersection in Pemberton Borough, was completed in July 2015.
The County Route 530 improvement project is funded entirely through a federal grant. In February 2016, the Freeholder Board approved a $27.2 million funding agreement with the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Division for the project.
“We appreciate the Federal and State support we have received for this widening project,” added Director Garganio. “The Freeholder Board will continue to focus on addressing existing traffic and roadway concerns throughout the county, as we have done with this long-awaited project.”
Award of the construction contract is subject to the approval of the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) as the South Pemberton Road widening is a federally funded project. The County anticipates approval from NJDOT in November, permitting construction to begin in December.