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Work will begin this month under a $17.4 million New Jersey Turnpike Authority contract to lengthen and reconstruct the bridge that carries Kresson Road over the Turnpike in Cherry Hill Township.
The Kresson Road bridge crosses over the Turnpike between Interchanges 3 and 4 at milepost 30.75. The 70-year-old span shows signs of heavy wear and deterioration and needs to be substantially reconstructed.
The new structure will be 16 feet wider than the existing structure, but the number of travel lanes will not change. The shoulders will be increased from three to five feet, and there will be six-foot-wide sidewalks in each direction. On the southerly side, the sidewalk will run continuously along Kresson Road (C.R. 671) between Howard Johnson Road and Browning Lane once construction is complete.
The construction contract was awarded in March to the Driscoll Construction Co. of Blue Bell, Pa. Work under the contract is expected to be completed in mid-2022.
Though the work will be on the structure overhead, Turnpike drivers should expect some travel impacts. During peak periods, the number of lanes on the Turnpike in the vicinity of the bridge will not change; two northbound and two southbound lanes will be maintained. However, because of the placement of construction barrier, the lanes will be narrower than usual and there will be no shoulders. Drivers can expect to encounter periodic lane closures during off-peak hours. Lane closures will be announced in advance.
The work will also affect traffic on Kresson Road. Drivers should expect to encounter periodic lane restrictions and detours during off-peak times. Signs on Kresson Road near the bridge will alert drivers in advance to lane closures and detours.