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Faced with increasing traffic caused by rapid economic growth along the Northern Route 130 corridor, Burlington County Freeholder Director Kate Gibbs today announced that the County is spearheading immediate infrastructure improvements to improve traffic flow and quality of life impacts, while partnering with the surrounding municipalities to responsibly plan for future development.
“While we are thrilled by the region’s job growth and its positive impact on our property tax base, there is a downside,” said Director Gibbs, who noted that region is now home to 6,000 employees and 12 million square feet of industrial space. “I share the frustration of residents concerned by the adverse impact these trucks are putting on our roadways and their quality of life, and I plan to take action immediately to address it. For too long infrastructure improvements have lagged behind development causing unnecessary traffic headaches. That ends today.”
Over the course of the past several months, Director Gibbs said she has worked with the County Engineer, the Director of Economic Development and Regional Planning, and other key staff to evaluate current traffic data and future projections, develop recommendations for immediate road improvement projects, identify funding sources for those projects, and ensure that developers pay their fair share.
“As a result of those efforts and in conjunction with the Burlington County Bridge Commission, we will provide $10 million in funding to jumpstart an infrastructure improvement program that will later be reimbursed by the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF), other grant funding, and the private sector,” said Director Gibbs. “This initiative will have a direct and positive impact on our traffic issues and yield tangible results for our residents.”
Gibbs said her most pressing priorities include:
“Developers will be held accountable and no longer allowed to drop in and negatively affect our roads without contributing their fair share of the solutions,” concluded Director Gibbs, who added that municipalities in the region and the County are entering into shared services agreements so the impacts of proposed developments and necessary road improvements can be timely evaluated and planned for collaboratively. “Our priority is solving these regional traffic issues in a way that improves the quality of life for our residents, while still ensuring Burlington County is an attractive place for job creation and economic investment. I am confident this new initiative will do just that, and serve as a model for other roadway corridors in the county.”