SJTA Re-Opens Berlin-Cross Keys Bridge

(Left to right)Gloucester Twp. Mayor-Elect David Mayer, SJTA executive director Bart Mueller, Senator Fred Madden and Stanbery leasing executive Charles Cristella
ELWOOD NJ –On December 18, 2009 at 12:30 am, South Jersey Transportation Authority officials will celebrate the completion of a $5.5 million roadway project that has expanded the capacity of the Berlin-Cross Keys Bridge and improved safety conditions on nearby Atlantic City Expressway connections.

“The completion of this major project is another step forward for the regional economy,” said Senator Fred Madden. “The work done here not only created jobs and supports economic development, but improves the quality of life for residents in this area.”

Work crews replaced the existing four-lane bridge over the Atlantic City Expressway with a six-lane bridge that can accommodate more vehicles, slashing traffic congestion and improving safety. Motorists – and especially pedestrians and cyclists - will find that sidewalks have been added to both sides of the bridge. Traffic signals have been modernized to reflect the road system’s current traffic patterns.

“The contribution of this project means less traffic and better conditions for the growing local economy, and South Jersey’s economy as a whole,” said Bart R. Mueller, Executive Director of the South Jersey Transportation Authority. "The Authority provided weekly updates to Stanbery Development to communicate and manage the impact to the retailers at the Shoppes at Cross Keys and area business operators."

Gloucester Township Mayor Cindy Rau-Hatton was instrumental and credited with facilitating the construction of the Shoppes at Cross Keys with the Stanbery Development Corporation.
Mayor-elect David R. Mayer is committed to continuing economic development for the Township and will participate in the official re-opening event.

"As a former member of both the NJ General Assembly and Transportation Committee, the completion of this project provides for ease of accessibility and improved traffic flow for area residents and will fuel economic development and stimulate the overall business climate in Southern New Jersey," Mayer said.

While major construction projects usually mean heavy traffic disruptions, the impact of the Berlin-Cross Keys Bridge project was minimal. The SJTA selected a construction plan that allowed the majority of bridge lanes to remain open during construction, except for intermittent periods.

The completion of this project comes as the area surrounding the bridge bolsters $100 million in new retail development, including Stanbery Development’s most recent project, The Shoppes at Cross Keys. The bridge widening will make traveling to and from the shopping complex safer and easier this holiday season.

“The timing of the development and opening of The Shoppes at Cross Keys was a cooperative effort between our company and the township to make sure our projects boosted economic development in the area while minimizing any inconvenience to Gloucester’s residents and visitors,” said Charles Cristella, the Stanbery leasing executive who worked closely with the township and lives nearby. “We’re excited that The Shoppes will be even more convenient than on opening day, giving more life – and local business – to the community.”

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