EGG HARBOR TWP. - "If you go through the intersection of Fire and Mill Road at 5 o'clock on any afternoon, traffic is backed up almost to Tilton Road, it's just a bad intersection, describes former Egg Harbor Twp. Mayor Bob Burns.
Atlantic County officials held a meeting to unveil their plans and timeline to reconfigure, what's been called a dangerous and busy intersection, between Fire and Mill Roads in Egg Harbor Twp.
According to the Department of Regional Planning & Development acting department head and Director John Peterson "We're providing full left turn slots for east bound Mill Road we're expanding Fire Road through the intersection to four lanes so people can get through. The capacity of the intersection will be improved.
The County plans to award a contract in late March, with the first phase of construction beginning in April.
"It's been a substandard intersection in terms of it's ability to handle all the traffic that goes through there with all the growth especially the Pineland region growth area has generated a lot of traffic, said Peterson.
Although the changes will significantly improve the commute time during rush hour, officials were restricted by environmental constraints and the Garden State Parkway overpasses.
None the less the residents I spoke with are looking forward to changes that can be made.
"We've lived in the neighborhood and we've seen the great increase in traffic, especially the Mill Road area and any kind of improvement is great," said local residents Jim & Mary Hill.
The plan also includes the replacement of the Maple Run Bridge and Cedar Bridge, in conjunction with the intersection project.
"Even though it will cause major inconvenience in the short term, in the long term it's really going to help out the traffic flow, explains Egg Harbor Twp. Committeeman John Carman, Jr.
"Hopefully those that can, will avoid the area will during construction process," said Peterson.
For more information about the intersection project visit http://www.aclink.org/Planning