Due to concerns of local officials, the South Jersey Transportation Authority has put off voting on a measure that would have closed two bridges over the Atlantic City Expressway this summer.

The Cologne Avenue bridge in Hamilton Township and the Fire Road bridge in Egg Harbor Township would have closed from June to September under the authority’s initial plans. South State Inc., of Bridgeton, was expected to be awarded a $931,261 contract for the work Wednesday. The award has already been postponed a month to allow SJTA to speak with local officials about the closings.

Hamilton Township formally objected to the closure in that municipality earlier this week, saying it posed a safety concern. The closure would have forced the Cologne Volunteer Fire Company to detour several miles to get between its station and the Black Horse Pike shopping corridor.

SJTA spokesman Kevin Rehmann said the SJTA has further consulted with township officials to address their concerns. The projects will still be completed, but design changes may be made to address their concerns. A new resolution will be introduced in the future, he said.

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