EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — Motorists hoping to avoid traffic delays today may want to avoid travel around the revamped Airport Circle. Traffic signals will be shut down as local officials try to determine how to synchronize the lights to allow for more efficient travel.
Egg Harbor Township police will direct traffic through the intersections today while the signals are deactivated.
The new Airport Circle, where Delilah and Tilton roads and Amelia Earhart Boulevard converge, debuted Nov. 29 to criticism from drivers complaining about backups resulting from the new traffic pattern.
The reconfiguration followed about 15 years of planning and development by the South Jersey Transportation Authority and Atlantic County, as well as a year-long construction process. The project cost an estimated $4.4 million, not including another $1 million in planning costs.
Traffic flowed freely through the intersections Sunday afternoon. However, significant backups have occurred, particularly around 4 p.m. on weekdays when the FAA’s William J. Hughes Technical Center employees begin to leave via Amelia Earhart Boulevard. Motorists are often stuck in between intersections after red lights.
Egg Harbor Township Mayor James “Sonny” McCullough has asked that the lights be better synchronized and that more signs telling motorists to stay in their lanes be installed throughout the three-lane circle.
Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson has said the reconfiguration has made the circle safer. No accidents have been reported under the new design. The circle typically saw about 70 accidents each year since 2007.
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