STATE PLANS MAJOR TRANSPORTATION UPGRADES IN CAPE

Six projects benefiting Cape May County are scheduled to advance with a total of
$74.9 million in funding under the proposed $3.5 billion FY 12 Transportation Capital Program, the Christie Administration announced today.

The program represents the first year of a five-year Transportation Capital Plan that Governor Chris Christie announced in January to put New Jersey on the path toward fiscal health by prioritizing projects, decreasing borrowing and increasing pay-as-you-go cash funding.

“New Jersey’s transportation system helps drive our economy,” Governor Chris Christie said.  “The projects being funded in the FY 12 capital program reflect our focus on maintaining road, bridge and transit assets in a state of good repair and will benefit residents in every county throughout the state.”

The Cape May County projects include:

– $34.7 million to advance Garden State Parkway grade-separated interchange improvements at Shell Bay Avenue, Stone Harbor Boulevard and Crest Haven Road in Lower and Middle townships.

– $20.5 million to advance a project that will replace the movable Route 50 Tuckahoe River bridge with a fixed span in Upper Township, Cape May County and in Corbin City, Atlantic County.

– $14.9 million to advance the Route 52 Causeway Replacement project, Contract A, which includes replacing Elbow Thorofare and Rainbow Thorofare bridges in Ocean City.

– $2.9 million to advance a resurfacing project on Route 50 north of Route 9 to south of Reading Avenue and Schoolhouse Road in Upper Township.

– $1.13 million to advance a project to replace Middle Thorofare, Mill Creek and Upper Thorofare bridges along Ocean Drive and improve Ocean Drive from Route 109 to Upper Thorofare bridge.

– $800,000 to develop Intelligent Transportation System strategies to reduce summer congestion along the Route 47/347 and Route 49/50 corridors in Cape May and Cumberland counties.

    The FY 12 capital program outlines spending priorities totaling $2.3 billion for NJDOT and nearly $1.2 billion for NJ TRANSIT.  It has been submitted to the New Jersey Legislature for review.

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