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Bellmawr Traffic Advisory: Expect Creek Road Eastbound Lane Closures as Missing Moves Project Advances

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 for construction updates and real-time travel information and for NJDOT news follow on Twitter @NJDOT_info or on the NJDOT Facebook page.

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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.

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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:

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(Mavic Pro Drone video by: Cara Forline)