Long-term South Jersey road project gets longer

David Madden
August 05, 2019 - 4:00 am

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TRENTON, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — So you drive through the ongoing 42-295 construction project in Camden County and wonder how’s it going? 

The work started six years ago and they’re about halfway done, according to Steve Schapiro at the New Jersey Department of Transportation. 

In fact, they’re in the main phase of the project right now.

“It’s the piece where we’re actually constructing the bridge of the main line 295...the piece that is actually that direct connection to create the seamless flow of 295 whereas now, you have to get off and get back on,” Schapiro told KYW Newsradio.

That’ll take another three years to finish, in part because of work needed to replace a bridge that’s taking longer than originally thought. 

“We are a little bit behind in that the Browning Road bridge that we’re on as part of contract three took a little bit longer to acquire some of the right of way for that,” he added, “and some of the work on those piers are taking longer than expected. So that got pushed back to a later contract which pushes the whole project back.”

From its original completion date in 2021 to sometime in 2025. 

If it’s any consolation, Schapiro suggests that, at least for now, the project is still on budget at $900 million.