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Request to Extend Existing Discharge to Groundwater Permit-By-Rule For Construction Dewatering As Part of I-295/Route 42 Connector a/k/a Missing Moves Project Has Been Submitted

As part of construction of the I-295/Route 42 Connector a/k/a “Missing Moves” project, “a request to extend an existing Discharge to Groundwater Permit-by-Rule for construction dewatering has been submitted to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (Department) to discharge to groundwater in accordance with a permit issued pursuant to the provisions of the New Jersey Water Pollution Control”, according to a Public Notice that was published on December 26, 2020.

The I-295/Route 42 Connector a/k/a “Missing Moves” project is located in Bellmawr, Runnemede, Westville, and Deptford.

The Department’s Site Remediation Program is reviewing the permit-by-rule extension request to discharge to groundwater for the purpose of managing construction dewatering effluent on site in recharge/infiltration basins as part of the above linear construction project with the program interest number 165123.

The public notice states: “The results of New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) site investigations in 2011, 2015, and 2016 indicated the presence of PAHs (benzo[a]anthracene, benzo[a]pyrene, benzo[b]fluoranthene, dibenzo[a,h]anthracene, indeno[1,2,3-cd]pyrene) and metals (aluminum, lead, manganese, mercury, beryllium, and manganese) detected at concentrations above NJDEP Impact to Ground Water Soil Screening Level (IGWSSL) and/or NJDEP Soil Remediation Standards (SRS).”

“The contamination detected in soil is consistent with historic fill,” the public notice reads. “Additionally, a portion of the project is located within areas of NJDEP mapped historic fill.”

“Although no groundwater sampling data exists within the project limits, it is likely that the groundwater has been impacted by the detected soil contamination and mapped historic fill material.”

A copy of the discharge to groundwater permit-by-rule extension request is available from the person responsible for conducting the remediation, New Jersey Department of Transportation, 1035 Parkway Avenue, Trenton, New Jersey, or as part of the administrative record which is on file at the offices of the Department, Site Remediation Program, located at 401 East State Street, Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey. 

The file may be reviewed under the New Jersey Open Public Records Act (“OPRA”), N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 et seq. Information regarding the OPRA procedures is available at

Interested persons may submit written comments regarding the discharge to groundwater permit-by-rule extension request to:

New Jersey Department of Transportation
1035 Parkway Avenue
P.O. Box 600
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0600

All comments shall be submitted within 30 calendar days after the date of the public notice, or the end of any public hearing that the Department may schedule that occurs after that date.

All persons who believe that the discharge to groundwater proposal is inappropriate, must raise all reasonably ascertainable issues and submit in writing to the Department all reasonably available arguments and factual grounds supporting their position, including all supporting material, by the close of the public comment period.

The Department will consider all public comments that relate to the discharge to groundwater proposal, provided that the Department receives the comments by the close of the public comment period.

After the close of the public comment period, the Department will render a decision regarding the permit-by-rule extension request.

The Department will respond to all significant and timely comments with its decision regarding the discharge to groundwater permit-by-rule extension request.

Each person who has submitted written comments will receive notice of the Department’s decision.

Any person may request in writing that the Department hold a non-adversarial public hearing on the discharge to groundwater permit-by-rule extension request.

This request shall state the nature of the issues to be raised in the proposed hearing and shall be submitted within 30 calendar days of the date of the Public Notice that was published on December 26, 2020 to the address cited below.

A public hearing will be conducted whenever the Department determines that there is a significant degree of public interest in the discharge to groundwater decision.

If a public hearing is held, the public comment period in this notice shall automatically be extended to the close of the public hearing.

Comments and written requests for a non-adversarial public hearing shall be sent to:

NJ Department of Environmental Protection
Site Remediation Program Bureau Case Assignment & Initial Notice
Mail Code 401-05H 401
East State Street
P.O. Box 420
Trenton, NJ 08625-0420
Attn: DGW PBR Extension Request

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NJ-DOT Seeking Bid Proposals for Missing Moves; Post Includes Proposed Project Rendering

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJ-DOT) recently published a notice seeking bid proposals for the Route 295/42 Missing Moves project in Bellmawr from Route I-295 to Route 55 and for new ramp construction, grading, paving, and structures for the Boroughs of Bellmawr, Runnemede, and Westville and Deptford Township.

Bids are due November 7, 2019.

The below image is a rendering exclusively obtained by South Jersey Observer showing the proposed bridge and also the ramps that are planned for Leaf Avenue in Bellmawr.

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Earlier this year, Mark Matthews of 42 Freeway gave a break-down and update on the Missing Moves and Direct Connection projects in this video:

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Waterfront Development/ Coastal Wetlands & Freshwater Wetlands Permit to be Submitted for I-295/ Route 42 Missing Moves Project

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An application for a Waterfront Development/Coastal Wetlands and Freshwater Wetlands Individual Permit will be submitted to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), Division of Land Use Regulation for New Jersey Department of Transportation’s I-295/Route 42 Missing Moves Project, according to a Legal Notice that was published on March 22, 2019.

The applicant is the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

The I-295/Route 42 Missing Moves project (Missing Moves) provides for two traffic movement connections currently unavailable in the I-295/I-76/Route 42 Interchange, the Legal Notice reads.

These missing traffic movements are from Rt. 42 northbound (NB) to I-295 southbound (SB) (Ramp A) and from I-295 NB to Route 42 SB (Ramp B). The project includes roadway widening along Route 295 NB between Route 47 and the Ramp B take-off and Route 295 SB between Ramp A entry and Route 47 has been included to accommodate continuous auxiliary lanes between the interchanges. The project includes the required widening of the I-295 structures over Big Timber Creek.

The project limits on I-295 are from just west of the Route 47 (Delsea Drive) interchange to just south of the Essex Avenue underpass. On Route 42 the project extends from just south of the C.R. 753 (Creek Road) overpass to just north of the Route 55 interchange.

The project limits on Route 55 are from just south of the Almonesson Creek Bridge to the Route 42 interchange.

A complete copy of the application package is available to be reviewed at either the Municipal Clerk’s Office or by appointment at the Department’s Trenton office.

The Department of Environmental Protection welcomes comments and any information that may be provided concerning the proposed development and site.

Please submit written comments within 15 calendars days to:

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Division of Land Use Regulation
P.O. Box 420, Code 501-02A 501
East State Street Trenton, N.J. 08625
Attn: Bellmawr Borough/Runnemede Borough/Westville Township/ Deptford Township Supervisor

In March, 2018, Bellmawr Council approved a Resolution vacating portions of Benigno Boulevard as part of Missing Moves.

Mark Matthews of 42.Freeway posted a “mega video” in January, 2019 where he provides updates on Missing Moves, Direct Connect, and the Bellmawr Landfill.

*Article posted March 22, 2019 at 1:10 p.m. Updated/Corrected on March 22, 2019 at 1:25 p.m.

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Bellmawr Planning Board Authorized to Undertake Preliminary Investigation Re: Anderson Ave. Parcel

On March 22, 2018, Bellmawr Council approved a Resolution authorizing the Bellmawr Planning Board to undertake a preliminary investigation regarding 191 Anderson Avenue, Block 80, Lot 2.

Resolution #03:100-18 states that the Borough of Bellmawr owns Block 80, Lot 2 pursuant to Deed from New Jersey Department of Transportation to the Bellmawr Sewage Authority in 1960. “Said Parcel is approximately .554 acres in size and triangularly shaped and utilized principally for underground pipes and a small pumphouse building.”

The front of the site is the Polish Catholic Cemetery (Resurrection of Christ Cemetery) on Anderson Avenue and the Route 295 right of way.

Anderson Avenue
DJI Mavic Pro Drone photo and video by Cara Forline. Left is the pumphouse. Right are the Bellmawr Hockey rinks.

“Inquiries have been made to the Borough of Bellmawr from parties interested in potential commercial development of the subject site for a low impact, low traffic office and storage location for an existing business in the Borough that is presently being relocated; and it is possible that the property may potentially be declared an area in need of redevelopment under the New Jersey Redevelopment Law,” the Resolution reads.

“The Planning Board shall proceed on notice and public hearing. The use of eminent domain need not be investigated, reviewed or authorized as the Borough already owns the subject property … The Planning Board is requested to forward its report and findings pursuant to a Resolution adopted by the Board with all of the appropriate necessary findings noted therein.”

Councilman Jim D’Angelo voted no on this Resolution.

SJO will provide updates on this matter as information becomes available.

Anderson Ave.

In other matters, all other business on council’s meeting agenda was approved. With regard to the bill list, Councilman Steve Sauter abstained from those invoices relating to monthly pest control. (Click the images below to view in detail.)

Meeting Agenda

Bill List

March, 2018 Bill list

Also during the meeting, Jared Walton was promoted to Corporal, Harry Sturgis was promoted to Patrolman, and Ronald Pataky was sworn in as Special Class Officer II.

Above: Lt. Mike Draham, Capt. Scott Parker, Officer Ronald Pataky, Corp. Jared Walton, Ptl. Harry Sturgis, and Chief William Walsh. Below from left: Patrolman Harry Sturgis, Corp. Jared Walton, and Ron Pataky, who was sworn in as Class II Officer. (All photos by SJO)

On behalf of PBA Local 375, Patrolman Kevin Lokaj announced Citizens Awards that were given to Nicholas Branco Kelly Draham and David Heckman.

Watch: Video of Council’s Committee Reports

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Bellmawr Council OKs Resolution Vacating Portions of Benigno Blvd. as Part of Missing Moves

Bellmawr Council approved Resolution # 03:98-18, vacating portions of the old road bed of Benigno Boulevard to 560 Benigno Boulevard, LLC and the State of New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT). The Resolution was voted on at Council’s March 22, 2018 meeting and reads:

“The New Jersey Department of Transportation, as part of the construction of the Route 295/Route 42 Missing Moves Project, plans to shift the present Benigno Boulevard easterly, and as a result the old round bed of Benigno Boulevard will no longer be needed for roadway purposes … and the New Jersey Department of Transportation has requested the Borough of Bellmawr to agree to vacate the old bed of Benigno Boulevard at the corner of Leaf Avenue at the completion of the proposed relocation.”

Benigno Boulevard Missing Moves
Mavic Pro Drone Photo of Route 42, Benigno Boulevard & Leaf Avenue – Bellmawr by SJO

Additionally, “the owners of 560 Benigno Boulevard, LLC shall receive Area 3, consisting of 10,492 square feet, and the State of New Jersey Department of Transportation shall receive Area 2, consisting of 6,541 square feet from the vacation.”

The Resolution is below:

Benigno Boulevard Missing Moves

(Mavic Pro Drone video by: Cara Forline)