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11/21/2008

SJTA begins construction of Atlantic City Expressway Interchange 17

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Hamilton Township, NJ –The South Jersey Transportation Authority (SJTA) today broke ground on Interchange 17 of the Atlantic City Expressway (ACE). SJTA will build two new ramps in order to connect ACE to Route 50 in Hamilton Township.

“The Interchange 17 project is a strategic infrastructure investment that will benefit both the local and regional communities by stimulating economic development,” said Governor Jon S. Corzine.

The $8.2 million project will provide a full interchange at Interchange 17 by building eastbound and westbound entrance and exit ramps. SJTA also will build retaining walls to minimize construction impacts on wetlands, roadway drainage, infiltration basins, and landscaping. In order to improve safety, SJTA will install a traffic signal system, resurface the roadway and improve guide rail and lighting in the area of the interchange. During construction, Route 50 will remain open. Additional lanes will be provided for traveler safety and convenience. The project is scheduled for completion in late spring 2010.

The 8.39-acre Interchange 17 project site is located entirely within the Pinelands National Reserve. In order to confine deforestation, the project will be guided by the Pinelands Comprehensive Management Plan, which is administered by the New Jersey Pinelands Commission. SJTA will invest nearly $450,000 in the reforestation of the site, and will compensate for any land that is not reforested. The restitution will support reforestation in local municipalities or state-owned properties in the area.

The South Jersey Transportation Authority brings travelers safely and quickly to and from Atlantic City and its surrounding areas. Last month, more than 1,300,000 travelers traversed the Egg Harbor Toll Plaza to access Hamilton Twp and its surrounding areas. The upcoming ramp improvements will relieve congestion on Route 50 and the expressway. For more information about the SJTA and the new Interchange 17, please visit www.sjta.com.

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