The restriping to convert separate sections of Route 9 in Galloway Township and Absecon to no-passing zones has the go-ahead after the municipalities submitted resolutions to the state Department of Transportation.

The restriping will be done once DOT drafts an order to regulate the stretch of roads in the respective towns as a no-passing zone, DOT spokesman Timothy Greeley said.

"I think, as a public safety issue, I am in favor of a no-passing zone there, because we had complaints from residents. Some of the residents complained about cars having to park out on the shoulder in the area, and it became an issue with cars being able to pass," Galloway Councilman James McElwee said.

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Visibility is limited in sections of the road due to curves, McElwee said.

Galloway Township Police Chief Pat Moran echoed McElwee's concerns regarding passing in the area and public safety.

"We regularly get complaints about speeding in the area," Moran said.

Although there have been no fatal accidents in this area of road since 2010, Moran said, from 2010 to 2012, the stretch of Route 9 has seen 68 accidents. None of the crashes during that two-year period was connected to passing, Moran said.

Galloway Council approved a resolution in January - and Abescon a similar one in April - to support the restriping of the road, following a recommendation from DOT.

DOT traffic engineers conducted a field investigation late last year after township officials and citizens raised concerns. It was then the DOT recommended a no-passing zone to address public safety concerns.

The new no-passing zone will be near Kessler Avenue, Old New York Road and Nacote Creek Bridge.

Absecon's resolution covers an area from mile post 42.3 to 42.6 (Ohio Avenue) on Route 9 to the area just north of Holy Spirit High School.

Absecon Mayor John Armstrong said the city agreed with DOT on the project and believed it would be beneficial.

"DOT wanted both towns to endorse a resolution for both separate locations. Galloway's no-pass zone is a long stretch outside of Absecon's boundaries, but the state wanted both resolutions approved so the work could be done at the same time. It made sense to do them both as part of the same project," Armstrong said.

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