UPDATE: Prepare for detours and delays on Mill Road starting Monday, July 14

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EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Motorists who regularly travel Mill Road in Egg Harbor Township should be prepared for significant detours while the Pricetown Mill Bridge is being replaced and redesign work of the Fire Road intersection is underway this summer and fall.

According to Atlantic County spokeswoman Linda Gilmore, the bridge replacement is part of larger improvements at the intersection of Mill Road and Fire Road in Egg Harbor Township that are aimed at “significantly enhancing the capacity and function of this important intersection, located within one of Atlantic County's growth areas.”

The overall length of project from start to finish is approximately 18-19 months. The preparation work is expected to take up to six months to accommodate the relocation of high power utility poles. The relocation of these poles will clear the way for the remaining construction improvements which will also take up to 6 or 7 months to complete.

The preparation for utility work is set to begin Monday, July 14. Work will involve clearing, grading and preliminary drainage work. Periodic detours may be utilized during this stage for eastbound traffic only on Mill Road during work hours, which are typically Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The majority of the intersection construction will utilize Mill Road eastbound detour and during work hours only and lane shifts with the assistance of flaggers or police.

The Mill Road detour will take eastbound drivers off of Mill Road to Old Zion Road, then onto Zion Road to Fire Road.

 The new light at Old Zion and Zion roads was installed by the county to alleviate detoured traffic backups during this project.

Gilmore said the light is temporary “for now.”

The presence of the Garden State Parkway and the extent of wetlands and other environmentally sensitive areas all serve to limit the potential for a larger expansion of this intersection, and require extensive regulatory review under both the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Pinelands Commission, due to the joint jurisdiction held by both agencies. Extensive off-site mitigation was required under the three NJDEP and the single Pinelands permit.

The scope of the finished work is:

Fire Road southbound will be expanded to four lanes, with two through lanes, one dedicated left turn and one dedicated right turn;

Fire Road northbound will be expanded to three lanes including two through lanes, one dedicated left turn lane;

Mill Road eastbound will be expanded to three lanes, with one through lane, one dedicated left turn and one dedicated right turn;

Mill Road westbound will be expanded to two lanes, with one through lane and one dedicated right turn lane;

Intersection will be signal and camera controlled, with capacity for timing and phasing revisions if required; and

Intersection will include pedestrian crosswalks.

First phase of project work will involve movement and replacement of all utilities on and near the site. No detours and minimal traffic impacts are anticipated in this phase. In a later phase replacing the small bridge on Mill Road eastbound may have an intermittent 24-hour detour for eastbound traffic only.

For information go to www.aclink.org .

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