Funds pave way for sidewalks on Great Creek

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galloway GALLOWAY – Township Council awarded a bid to a local contactor to begin work installing sidewalks on Great Creek Road at its Tuesday, June 10 meeting.

The firm that will do the work is Charles Marandino, LLC, of Milmay, at a price of $271,808. The funds are coming from a state Department of Transportation grant of $251,000 awarded in 2011 and $20,000 from the township’s capital improvement fund.

“Remember when a lot of the roads were put in there weren’t a lot of cars, but as businesses come in, people move into the township and Stockton expands you have to make sure you are providing safe streets for pedestrians,” Township Manager Susan Jacobucci told The Current prior to the council meeting.

The township plans to construct about 3,700 linear feet of new 4-foot-wide concrete sidewalk to fill in unfinished gaps along Great Creek Road between Elaine Drive and Wrangleboro Road.

Mike Greb, a parent and resident on Great Creek Road addressed the governing body during the public portion of the meeting.

“The kids have nowhere to ride their bikes,” Greb said. “When do we get the sidewalks?”

Mayor Don Purdy said the township is working towards that goal, adding how important it is that the sidewalks are installed because children walk back and forth to school. The project is expected to begin within the next couple of weeks. The mayor also said the township is moving forward to get additional grants for sidewalk installation in other areas of the community, especially along the White Horse Pike.

“There is a lot of traffic and there are a lot of people in that area walking on the pike,” the mayor said.

Purdy asked if the current ordinance on sidewalk installation could be revamped. Jacobucci said the township can look into that, and other avenues such as a Special Improvement District, a way to make repairs and improvements to businesses such as sidewalks on the White Horse Pike without putting the entire financial burden on the business owners.

Over the past several years the township has improved the road surface on Great Creek as part of its road program.

Also on the agenda was a resolution the governing body passed, calling on the New Jersey Turnpike Authority to create a full Interchange at Exit 40 on the Garden State Parkway to enable motorists full access to the Route 30 corridor. The state had rejected the plan a couple of months ago after a Turnpike Authority traffic study concluded that it was not a crucial project.

Jacobucci said 16 communities through the Conference of Mayors are in support of the proposed interchange which would help businesses along the White Horse Pike.

“We have a way to do this project,” Jacobucci told The Current. “The township planner and Economic Development Committee have plans to promote economic growth and development for the current businesses along the Route 30 corridor with little impact to the environment or existing businesses at the proposed interchange site which is near the Ram’s Head Inn.”

Jacobucci said the township is “asking state officials to open their minds to a complete feasibility study on economic impact, not just a traffic study.”

“The interchange would benefit everyone from Galloway to Egg Harbor City, Port Republic, Absecon and Hamilton Township.

If the state reconsiders, Jacobucci said, “At least it would give some businesses along the Route 30 corridor some face time.”

The next Township Council meeting is 6:30 p.m. June 24 at the Municipal Complex, 300 E. Jimmie Leeds Road.


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