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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ

Contact: Joe Fiordaliso

RELEASE: August 16, 2004


Temporary Closure of Route 70 Bridge over Friendship Creek

(Trenton) Route 70 over the Friendship Creek will be closed overnight on Tuesday, August 17 in order to do construction work on the permanent bridge over the Friendship Creek.   Route 70 will be closed at 9:00 PM on Tuesday August 17 and will reopen at approximately 6:00 AM on Wednesday August 18.   During this closure, the following detours will be in place:

From Route 70 East, towards Shore Points

Follow Route 206 South, to County Route 532 East, to County Route 563 North, to Route 72 West, which brings motorists back to Four Mile Circle (Route 70).

From Route 70 West, towards Philadelphia

From Four Mile Circle, follow posted detour and turn Right onto Magnolia Road, to County Route 530 West, to Route 206.   Motorists can use Route 38 West for Philadelphia or Route 206 South for Route 70.

The Route 70 Bridge, which carried the highway over the Friendship Creek near Holly Boulevard in Southampton Township, Burlington County, collapsed on July 13 due to severe flooding in the area following a major rainstorm.   New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Commissioner Jack Lettiere immediately closed Route 70 in Southampton and announced that a detour had been set up to divert traffic around the collapsed bridge.   In addition, Governor James E. McGreevey declared a State of Emergency in Burlington and Camden Counties in response to widespread flooding.

NJDOT constructed a temporary bridge and reopened Route 70 to traffic on July 19, several days ahead of schedule.   The bridge, owned by the NJDOT, provides for one lane of eastbound and westbound traffic, which was the existing condition on Route 70, and its completion allowed the highway to be reopened to traffic within days of the original bridge's collapse.

Construction of a permanent replacement for the original bridge is currently underway, and should be complete later this year.   The temporary bridge, offset by a few feet to the south of the original structure, will remain in place until the permanent structure can carry one lane of traffic in each direction.
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