Delaware River and Bay Authority Begins Sandman Blvd. Improvements
Ferry Approach Road Project Expected to be Complete in October 2012
(North Cape May, NJ) Today, Delaware River and Bay Authority officials announced that the Sandman Boulevard modifications and repaving construction project will be begin on Tuesday, May 29, 2012. The project, which includes a marked bicycle lane to and from the Cape May terminal and the Cold Spring Bike Path, will add an additional traffic lane between Shunpike Road and Shore Road, providing for better, safer traffic flow in and around the elementary schools and these busy intersections. South State, Inc. of Bridgeton, New Jersey was awarded the $4.7 million infrastructure project in March 2012.
According to Chief Engineer Joel Leidy, safety is paramount and the Authority wants to keep traveling inconvenience to a minimum. “When we design a construction project, the safety of the traveling public and on-site highway contractors is the agency’s highest priority,” Leidy said. “We plan to maintain the existing through lanes throughout the construction time period to keep the impact on summer traffic to a minimum.” Leidy added that motorists are urged to be careful and stay alert in and around construction zones, obey all posted speed limit signs, and plan to take a few extra minutes during the commute.
Construction activity will take place on Sandman Blvd. from west of Shore Road (US109/US9 – jug handle) to Bayshore Road. Some of the sections of road were constructed in the 1960s and haven’t been modified, including the area between Sherriff Taylor Blvd. and Shunpike Rd.; between Shunpike Rd. and Seashore Rd.; and between Seashore Rd. and Shore Rd.
Starting June 4, 2012, weather depending, the replacement of the railroad crossing east of Seashore Road will require a one week closure of Route 109 from U.S. Route 9 to Seashore Road. The construction work will require approximately 168 consecutive hours to complete. A detour will direct motorists to and from the CMLF terminal via Seashore Road and Shore Road (U.S. Route 9). This portion of the road should re-open by June 11, 2012 and the detour will be removed.
Most intersection work that affects traffic – including milling, paving, concrete, traffic signals – will be completed at night during the weekdays Sunday night to Friday morning from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
The principal work associated with this approach road project includes milling the hot mix overlay and resurfacing with hot mix overlay; widening sections of approach roads from two to three or four lanes; replacing and repairing drainage; rehabilitating three intersections; replacing signage; upgrading and widening the railroad crossing; and rehabbing Sandman Blvd. from Sheriff Taylor Blvd. to Bayshore Road.
Two lanes of traffic (one in each direction) will be kept open for the entire contract. Four lanes of traffic must be maintained between Sheriff Taylor Blvd. and Bayshore Road from May 29, 2012 to September 4, 2012. The DRBA has designed the project for as few delays as possible. However, some delays should be expected. The posted speed limit of 35 mph in the construction zone will be strictly enforced. The work is expected to be complete by October 31, 2012.
A PDF of a construction brochure is attached. Copies of this brochure will be available at the Cape May Ferry terminal, Lower Township Chamber of Commerce, Lower Township Municipal office and Cape May County Chamber of Commerce. Motorists and area residents with questions or comments about the construction project are urged to contact us at 800 643-3779.
About the Delaware River and Bay Authority
The DRBA, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962, owns and operates the Delaware Memorial Bridge, the Cape May- Lewes Ferry, the Three Forts Ferry Crossing and the Salem Business Centre in Carney’s Point Twp., NJ. The DRBA also manages corporate and aviation properties through its economic development powers - two airports in New Jersey (Millville Airport and Cape May Airport) and three in Delaware (New Castle Airport, Civil Air Terminal and Delaware Airpark). All DRBA operating revenues are generated through the bridge, ferry and airport facilities. For more information, visit www.drba.net.
PDF of Press Release
PDF of Construction Map