Multi-million project kicks off Monday at Garden-Mill intersection

VINELAND — A major, safety-focused overhaul of the Garden and Mill Roads intersection kicks off Monday, welcome news that a string of city governments have hoped to announce for the better part of a decade.

The city issued the construction notice Friday, saying heavy construction will begin the first week of June. The installation of traffic lights is at the heart of the project.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Mayor Anthony Fanucci said. “With the unprecedented growth of our industrial parks, this intersection has been of concern for many years, so it is wonderful news that the end is in sight. The improvements made to this intersection will allow us to solve congestion problems, increase safety and ensure smooth traffic on this important corridor to the city. »

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The city estimates that the work will last between three and a half and four months. In November, the city awarded a contract worth nearly $2.44 million to South State Inc of Bridgeton. The company was the lowest bidder on the project.

The Federal Highway Administration gave the city nearly $2 million for the project. The money is disbursed through the NJ Department of Transportation on a reimbursement basis.

On Monday, signaling, widening of the intersection and other improvements begin. Equipment and supplies are already on site.

The Garden and Mill intersection was identified as a road safety issue over ten years ago. It is the last junction for Garden Road traffic, passing between the southern and northern parts of the Municipal Industrial Park, before reaching exit 35 on Route 55.

In October 2013, a 14-year-old girl was killed on Elmer Road and South Main Road. Discussions resulted in Cumberland and Vineland County agreeing to improve conditions at both intersections.

The county funded and managed the Elmer and South Main Roads project. It ended in the summer of 2015.

Vineland has taken responsibility for doing the same for Garden Road and Mill Road. Initial work on the site took place in the summer of 2021 with crews from Atlantic City Electric and Vineland Municipal Electric Utility moving utility poles.

“I want to thank our team of municipal engineers for their hard work, and county and state officials for their cooperation and assistance,” Fanucci said.

Joe Smith is a NE Philly native transplanted to South Jersey over 30 years ago, now keeping tabs on the South Jersey government. He is a former and current senior editor of the Daily Journal in Vineland, the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, and the Burlington County Times.

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