New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials announced on July 7, 2020 that Creek Road eastbound over I-295 will be closed during the day on Wednesday, July 8 with alternating traffic to establish a traffic shift as the I-295/Route 42 Missing Moves project advances in Bellmawr, Camden County.
Beginning at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 8, until 3:30 p.m., NJDOT’s contractor, South State Inc., is scheduled to close Creek Road eastbound between Booth Drive and Essex Avenue to re-stripe the roadway and implement a new traffic pattern.
When complete, Creek Road will be narrowed to one 11-foot lane in each direction with eastbound and westbound traffic shifted to the eastbound side of the Bridge over I-295.
Next week, construction barriers will be placed to create a work zone in the westbound lanes in preparation of bridge demolition.
The $180 million federally-funded project will build new ramps connecting Route 42 northbound to I-295 southbound, and I-295 northbound to Route 42 southbound in order to allow for the direct movement of traffic between the two roadways.
These are commonly known as the “missing moves.” The project will also include the demolition and reconstruction of the Creek Road Bridge over I-295 between Route 42 and Almonesson Road.
The majority of the project will be built off of the roadways and will have minimal impact on traffic on Route 42 and I-295. The project is expected to be completed in late 2023.
Variable Message Signs are being utilized to provide advance notification to the motoring public of all traffic pattern changes associated with the work. The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors.
Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website www.511nj.org for construction updates and real-time travel information and for NJDOT news follow on Twitter @NJDOT_info or on the NJDOT Facebook page.
At the May 28, 2020, virtual meeting of Mayor and Council, Bellmawr Mayor Chuck Sauter thanked Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and the Department of Public Works (DPW) “for their hard work and dedication that they provide to us and to the Borough of Bellmawr.”
Proclamations that were read included:
A Proclamation for Department of Public Works Week- May 17 – 23.
A Proclamation for Emergency Medical Services Week – May 17 -23
A Proclamation for National Gun Violence Awareness Day on June 5.
Excerpts from Council’s Committee Reports
Councilman Paul DeAngelis
Due to the coronavirus, there has been a drastic increase in trash and recycling because more people are home. The Department of Public Works has assigned additional manpower and equipment to accommodate this. “The guys are working very hard, doing a lot of work, and picking up a lot of trash because there are a lot of people home,” Councilman DeAngelis said.
Councilman DeAngelis asked residents to be mindful of the amount of trash that they are putting out due to spring clean-outs, etc. and if possible, to try and spread out what is put by the curb over several weeks. “This will make it easier for the guys to get their jobs done quickly,” he said.
Concrete and asphalt crews are busy working on the east side of town performing concrete upgrades prior to the paving season. Paving schedules will be delivered to the residents prior to work being performed.
Be aware of additional construction sites in town as the construction crews have been working on the Missing Moves project on the west side. “Please slow down to help those crews out,” Councilman DeAngelis said.
Councilman Jamie Casey
The old water tower at Warren Avenue has been demolished. “The eye sore is now gone and now we have our new water tower,” Councilman Casey said. “All of that metal is going to be recycled and is on our 20/20 recycling tonnage report.”
Casey reminded residents and businesses to only flush toilet paper down the toilet. “We have been experiencing issues with pumps due to items, such as rubber gloves and wipes, in our sewers,” he said.
Councilman Jim D’Angelo
The tennis courts at the Rec Center have been repaved. In a few weeks, they will be painted.
The bids for the bathroom project have been rejected. “We are not abandoning the project. However, we need to discuss options before we move forward,” Councilman D’Angelo said.
The Rec Department continues to maintain vacated properties and are still working on getting the fields ready for if and when the teams return this year.
Two eyesores in town — the Pennant and the old water tower were both demolished recently.
Councilman Craig Wilhelm
Municipal Court began to hear cases virtually on May 18. As of late last month, there were 75 court sessions that were heard. “The prosecutor and the public defender are working behind the scenes with defendants through emails and these cases are being put on the record,” Councilman Wilhelm said.
The judiciary dropped in on them recently to see how they were doing and commended the court. We appreciate the efforts of our court administrator, Amanda Cubbler, and our Judge for getting things done, Councilman Wilhelm said.
Councilman Steve Hagerty
The Public Safety Departments are all working extremely hard during this time. “With the many different circumstances that have emerged, they have handled themselves very professionally,” Councilman Steve Hagerty said.
He also congratulated Sgt. John Mader who retired effective June 1 after 22 years.
Councilman Ray Bider
Regarding the adopted budget, the breakdown will be: local plus 1.8 cents, county minus 1.6 cents, school local plus 2.5 cents, Black Horse Pike Regional minus 1.2 cents for a total increase in the Borough of plus 1.5 cents.
Residents can expect to receive estimated tax bills for the third quarter. “This is the first time that Bellmawr has done this, but due to the delay in the State budget, it was necessary to send out the estimated report,” Councilman Bider said.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Borough has spent $27,451.” Hopefully, the majority, if not all , of that money will be given back to the Borough, through the applications of Emergency Management,” Councilman Bider said.
The Borough’s department heads have done a tremendous job, he said. “I would also like to thank all of the Bellmawr workers in every department for their dedication to keep things going.”
Only a portion of flags have been placed at St. Mary’s cemetery. The remaining part will be done in June.
The mayor also thanked the Office of Emergency Management, EMS, Police, Fire, Public Works, and their employees for their continued support, dedication, and hard work during this pandemic. “It is very much appreciated. We could not do it without all of those involved,” he said.
Arty G. Tessier was promoted to Sergeant for the Bellmawr Police Department
Brian K. Ertl was promoted to Corporal for the Bellmawr Police Department
To view the meeting agenda with the supporting Resolutions, click the image below.
A Special Meeting of Bellmawr Mayor and Council has been scheduled for Tuesday June 9, 2020 at 5:00 pm conference call.
The purpose of the meeting is to open the meeting and thereafter rescind Resolutions #05:115-20 and #05:116-20 adopted on May 28, 2020, and to consider adoption of a Resolution for Local Examination in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:30-7.6 a & b, adopt the 2020 Municipal Budget and the Resolution Authorizing Amending the 2020 Capital Budget.
In addition, Mayor and Borough Council reserve the right to take any additional action, not anticipated at this time, that may be necessary, including items of a routine nature, which come before Mayor and Council. A public portion will be conducted.
The May 28, 2020 meeting can be viewed in its entirety on the Borough’s YouTube Channel:
Bellmawr’s annual Fourth of July Parade and the Summer Recreation Youth Program have both been cancelled this year because of safety concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We regret to announce that our traditional 4th of July parade and the Summer Youth Program are cancelled due to the continuing restrictions on large gatherings and safety concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic,” an announcement stated on the Borough’s website.
“Mayor and Council have reached this unfortunate conclusion that the celebration, which attracts hundreds of residents and others, cannot be held. This decision was made with the guidance from both the State and County Officials as well as similar decisions being made by neighboring communities. We are disappointed that we will not be able to celebrate the 4th of July with our Bellmawr families as we have in the past,” the post stated.
Mayor Chuck Sauter said: “We do not want to take any unnecessary chances with the health and well being of our residents as well as those involved in making the parade happen. We look forward to the future when we can all come together at a town wide community event.”
As for the annual Summer Youth Program, that has also been cancelled.
“We are equally regretful that the Summer Youth Program must be canceled. We have not received any guidance from the State on how to proceed with the program. In addition, funding from the Clean Communities Program has not been provided. With restrictions on the use on recreational facilities and social distancing requirements, sadly makes it impossible to run the program. We hope for your understanding in these decisions and look forward to a healthier future,” the post read.
SJO Photo Gallery from the 2019 Fourth of July Parade:
The Bellmawr Redevelopment Agency recently went live with their newly established and dedicated YouTube channel, BellmawrRedevAgency, which can be found by clicking here.
The medium will provide the Agency with the opportunity to post content to include online meeting and informational videos and presentations. The channel is also accessible via the Agency’s official website, BellmawrRedevAgency.org, by clicking the YouTube icon located in the “News” section on the home page.
“Given the current limitations & restrictions in place due to COVID-19, the Agency has been hosting monthly regular meetings of the Board of Commissioners through an online portal with public access”, commented Joshua Tregear, Executive Director for the Agency. Tregear continued “By launching the official YouTube channel, the Agency is reinforcing our commitment to transparency. In addition, we hope to utilize this dynamic platform to its fullest capabilities by sharing informative content on the Agency’s projects under management.”
Regular Meetings of the Board of Commissioners of the Bellmawr Redevelopment Agency will continue to be hosted via an online portal until further notice. The meetings will be recorded, and then posted to the Agency’s official YouTube channel BellmawrRedevAgency.
About Bellmawr Redevelopment Agency
As the Borough of Bellmawr’s lead agency for redevelopment and brownfields environmental management, the BRdA works closely with the Borough’s Mayor & Members of Council, state agencies, private and non-profit developers, and members of Bellmawr’s residential and business communities to help the Borough achieve its development goals. Bellmawr is a borough in Camden County, New Jersey, with a population of 11,600, and is 3.110 square miles in area, and the 12th largest municipality out of 37 within the County.
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