Benigno Boulevard eastbound to be closed
at Route 168 intersection in Bellmawr
(Trenton) - NJDOT officials today announced that Benigno Boulevard eastbound will be closed to traffic at the intersection with Route 168 (Black Horse Pike) for more than a month in Bellmawr Borough, Camden County.
The temporary closure, scheduled to be implemented Friday night, September 28, is necessary for NJDOT to advance a $1.8 million state-funded project to improve safety and reduce congestion at the intersection. Benigno Boulevard westbound will be maintained to provide access for Route 168 motorists headed to Route 42 northbound.
• During the eastbound closure, Benigno Boulevard eastbound motorists will be detoured to Heller Road to Hall Avenue to Creek Road to W. Browning Road to Route 168.
NJDOT’s contractor, Mount Construction Co., is widening Benigno Boulevard to include two dedicated turn-lanes – a left-turn lane for traffic headed to Route 168 northbound and a dedicated right-turn lane for traffic headed to Route 168 southbound and the New Jersey Turnpike. Previously, Benigno Boulevard featured only one travel lane at the intersection, which led to traffic backups for motorists headed to Route 168 during peak travel periods. A new traffic signal will be installed to accommodate the new turn movements at the intersection. New sidewalks and curbing are being provided and drainage improvements will also be made at the intersection.
All lanes on Route 168 are being maintained between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. during construction, with traffic shifts in place utilizing the existing highway shoulders. During overnight hours, single-lane closures may be implemented on each roadway, with traffic shifts and alternating traffic patterns.
Benigno Boulevard is the first intersection on Route 168 located immediately to the north of New Jersey Turnpike Interchange 3. The local roadway serves as a connection to Route 42 northbound. The project, which began preliminary work and utility relocations in fall 2011, is expected to be complete by the end of the year.
Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website for construction updates and real-time travel information.