CAMDEN, NJ—Camden County officials announced Monday that the closure of Haddon Avenue fom Mt. Ephraim Avenue to Pine Street for construction on the first phase of the Camden County Freeholder Board's Gateway Project will now start on Thursday, Aug. 9.

The $850,550 project will transform the intersection at Haddon and Mt. Ephraim avenues, eventually eliminating the section of Mt. Ephaim Avenue between Haddon Avenue and Pine Street.

“Motorists will need patience and should look for alternate routes of travel during the different phases of construction phases on the roadway and intersection. We are upgrading a deeply antiquated and flawed engineering design that is no longer functional in the 21st Century,” Freeholder Susan Shin Angulo, liaison to the Camden County Department of Public Works [CCDPW], said. “We know that when residents and motorists see the final results, they will view any minor inconvenience in travel over the course of the project as well worth it.”

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The project will be completed in three phases with work taking place from 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. daily.  The first phase will fully close the roadway, and traffic will be detoured for about a month.

The second phase will bring the closure of Pine Street between Mt. Ephraim Avenue and Haddon Avenue for approximately two weeks. The third phase will see the elimination of Mt. Ephraim Avenue between Haddon Avenue and Pine Street for an estimated six weeks.  This detour will become permanent.

The project will include the full realignment of the intersection and installation of traffic signals, along with the addition of streetscape and ADA compliant features. The exact timing of the project will be determined by the weather and other factors, but is expected to take about six months.

Previously, the Camden County Department of Public Works [CCDPW] completed the reconstruction of Haddon Avenue from Vesper Boulevard to the Old White Horse Pike.

“This section of Haddon Avenue is part of Camden’s Medical Mile, and provides key access to Cooper University Hospital, MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Coriell Institute. These improvements will not only transform the roadway to meet the needs of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians for years to come, they literally pave the way for future economic development," Shin Angulo, said.

The Camden County Department of Public Works is responsible for maintaining 1,200 lane miles of county roadway, 61 major bridges and 145 minor bridges. They are dedicated to making our area safer for motorists and pedestrians through county highway construction projects and road maintenance, including pothole repairs, street sweeping, grass cutting and storm drainage upkeep. The Public Works Department is located in Lindenwold where personnel are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to serve the residents of Camden County.