Construction on Camden's Medical Mile Scheduled for ThursdayLast Edited:
Camden County is announcing the next phase of the Gateway Project starting Thursday, August 9th, to renovate and restructure the intersection where several roads meet including, Haddon Avenue, Mt. Ephraim, Line Street, and Pine Street.
“We would be able to concentrate the majority of the traffic into a few streets that we can then put our traffic signals in line with that so that we can ensure quick entry and exit into one of the main arteries of the city," said Bill Moen, Camden County Freeholder.
Construction in this part of the city, referred to as the Medical Mile, is not only important for cutting down traffic but also for the hospitals nearby.
“We’re allowing for those patients to be treated in a quicker manner," said Moen, "Ideally, they are getting the services that they can get regardless whichever hospital or medical center they are looking to go to.”
Construction is estimated to take about one to two months to complete. Part of this project includes removing one section of Mt. Ephraim Avenue where it runs into Haddon Avenue to cut down on road traffic.
“To address the long-term revitalization of the city of Camden, block by block," said Moen. "Local businesses, small businesses to encourage them to come to the city and to open up. I think that this is a small piece of that bigger puzzle, but I Think it’s a necessary step."
Changing the intersection by Haddon Avenue is the next step in the project. The multimillion-dollar project near Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital that features new roads, bicycle paths, and pedestrian walkways is already done.
“I think in about 5-10 years you can look back and see all these new companies coming here, all these new residential projects that are occurring. And then the work that we’re doing to connect the roads and then take a step back and see the puzzle completed in that sense," said Moen.
Once construction along the Medical Mile is complete, county officials hope it will not only ease traffic for workers and residents but also strengthen the future of the city.
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