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This N.J. county is resuming roadwork even after Christie put a stop to it

Wednesday, August 31, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Citing safety concerns, Cumberland County freeholders have ordered several road projects shut down by Gov. Chris Christie to resume. The county will be using its own money to continue the work and hopes to be reimbursed by the state, officials say. The projects were ordered shut down when Christie and lawmakers could not come to terms on how to fund the state's Transportation Trust Fund which pays for road and bridge projects throughout New Jersey.

"We felt for safety's sake we had no choice," Freeholder Jim Quinn, liaison to the county's Public Works Department, said Tuesday. "Schools will be in session soon and we have constituents whose quality of life is being impacted by the large potholes in the roadways. Not only are the walls in their homes shaking every time a vehicle hits one of those large voids, but also the safety of motoring public is a concern," Quinn said.

The projects that the freeholders authorized for completion were:

• County Road 610 (Cedarville Road) from Route 49 to Bogden Boulevard in Millville.

• County Road 655 (Lincoln Avenue) from Main Road to Pennsylvania Avenue in Vineland.

• County Road 638 (Burlington Road) from Buckshutem Road to Reeves Road in Bridgeton and Fairfield Township.

• County Road 630 (Old Deerfield Pike) from Parsonage Road to Route 77 in Upper Deerfield.

County freeholders voted unanimously this month to resume the work. Several other road projects in the county impacted by the state shutdown will remain on hold until state funding begins flowing again. Quinn said others counties have voted to resume some of the projects halted by the Transportation Trust Fund standoff in Trenton and expects more to follow suit. Quinn also noted that delays in the projects may make them cost more. He cited rising oil prices may likely have an effect on the price of the blacktop used for road paving.

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