County insists redesigned circle has improved safety

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The reconfiguration of the Airport Circle in Egg Harbor Township has improved safety and reduced accidents as it was designed to do, according to a news release from the county quoting Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson.

The statement says that monthly reports from the Egg Harbor Township Police Department Records Office show a decline in both the number of accidents as well as injuries since the reconfiguration was completed earlier this year.

According to the county, there were 76 reported accidents on the circle between October 2009 and October 2010, 10 of which involved injuries. The following year there were 63 reported accidents, of which nine involved injuries. From October 2011 through October 2012 the number of accidents declined to 56, nine of which involved injuries, according to information provided by the county.

According to Levinson, a recent article in The Press reporting that accidents at the circle have increased since the work is incorrect.

“There is certainly a discrepancy, but the facts are clear. The number of accidents has decreased,” he in the county release. “The reconfiguration of the Airport Circle has accomplished what it was designed to do: reduce accidents and injuries on what was previously one of the most accident-prone roadways in Southern New Jersey.”

He said that before the reconfiguration, the circle was rated the No. 1 most dangerous in South Jersey.

Levinson noted that Delilah Road and Tilton Road carry more than 45,000 vehicles per day through the area, which provides access to both Atlantic City InternationalAirport and the William J. Hughes Technical Center. The South Jersey Transportation Authority had announced plans to construct a direct connection from the Atlantic City Expressway to Amelia Earhart Boulevard, a roadway onto Tilton Road and one onto Delilah Road, and eliminate the connection of Amelia Earhart onto the circle, but those plans were delayed because of budget constraints.

“It is unfortunate that the facts have been misconstrued,” said Levinson. “We each received our data from the same source.”

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