A multi-town, multimillion-dollar road project is expected to commence on Kings Highway in the fall of 2023.
The project, which is estimated to cost $8 million, will involve the design and reconstruction of Kings Highway from Market Street to Hopkins Road in the boroughs of Audubon, Haddon Heights, and Mt. Ephraim.
“Each element of this project is extremely crucial to the overall health and longevity of our county’s infrastructure,” said Commissioner Al Dyer, liaison to the Department of Public Works. “Revamping this stretch of highway will allow for more safety and efficiency for the motorists, pedestrians, and residents that travel and live in this area.”
The goal of the project is to provide pavement rehabilitation and upgrade existing curb ramps to meet ADA requirements along with the rehabilitation of existing storm and sanitary sewer infrastructure.
The total scope of the work will encompass about 2.42 miles of roadway including 39 intersections and more than 99 curb ramps.
Dyer discussed how the project is a collaborative effort for the three towns and the county department of public works and engineering.
“This is a great opportunity for Mt Ephraim, Audubon, and Haddon Heights to work together to improve this roadway in partnership with our Board,” Dyer continued. “The design process will include input from all three municipalities so all questions and concerns can be addressed, and the most efficient design can be implemented.”
Audubon Mayor, Rob Jakubowski, talked about the impact of overhauling the busy thoroughfare.
“Audubon looks forward to the revitalization of Kings Highway. This road project will bring needed improvements for our residents who walk, bike, and drive along Kings Highway every day,” Jakubowski said. “We will also get some much-needed improvements under the roadway too. A project to replace pipes underground was something planned for the future. This partnership with the County will allow us to complete this project sooner and save us money.”
Haddon Heights Mayor, Zach Houck, talked about the size and scope of the project benefiting multiple municipalities.
“You have three towns and the commissioners coming together, unifying their specific goals to achieve paving more than 2.5 miles of roadway and simultaneously upgrading the utilities at the same time,” Houck said. “More importantly, no one community stands to benefit alone, and I imagine that the specific local benefits don’t add up to the singular impact on the region and our shared economy. This is exactly what good government is supposed to look like and I’m happy to hear this plan is going into design.”
The Camden County Department of Public Works is responsible for maintaining 1,200 lane miles of county roadway and 50 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, 7 days a week to serve the residents of Camden County.
To report concerns on Camden County roadways, call (856) 566-2980 or visit www.camdencounty.com.