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Camden waterfront improvements readied for festival

A new $4 million roadway improvement will open in time for the Camden Waterfront Festival July 3 to 6, expected to attract more than 20,000 people.

The work is seen as an avenue to spur further development along the waterfront.

Designed and funded by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration, the project began last fall under the management of Cooper's Ferry Partnership.

The improvements involved the extension of Cooper Street from Delaware Avenue to the Delaware River as well as the extension of Riverside Drive from Cooper Street to Penn Street. It also included new underground utilities which separated storm and sewer lines, streetscape improvements, landscaping, bike lanes and a center median.

The goal is to improve traffic and pedestrian flow; create new public access to the river and county's waterfront promenade park; extend the existing street grid in the downtown; and create the future building blocks for development of waterfront parcels.

"An improved road network that is friendly toward pedestrians and bikes is an important quality of life issue for city residents," said Mayor Dana Redd.

"These improvements will also help ease traffic and congestion during the busiest times in our downtown and waterfront areas and help spark additional economic development opportunities."

The roadwork will accelerate growth in Camden, said Donald Norcross, D-Camden, Gloucester.

"Opening up Cooper Street to the waterfront unlocks a new avenue for the type of business development that will directly benefit residents, improve the quality of life, and bring people, jobs and businesses to Camden."

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