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Twenty-three months ago: Atlantic City International Airport begins construction on expansion for international flights

Atlantic City International Airport is in line for more gates and some international flights.

Construction began at the airport in December 2010 on a 75,000-square-foot expansion that would allow the facility to add a federal inspection station for international flights, three passenger boarding bridges and a larger baggage-claim area.

South Jersey Transportation Authority Spokesman Kevin Rehmann said the work on the project is almost complete and is scheduled for a grand opening Nov. 26.

The agency hopes the $25 million project will add international flights at the airport in Egg Harbor Township and make it more attractive to local customers.

Fourteen Month Ago: Tropical Storm Irene demolishes Weymouth bridge in Hamilton Township

After Tropical Storm Irene hit the region last year, many local bridges were damaged and had to be repaired.

One of the worst-hit locations was the Weymouth Road bridge in Hamilton Township, less than a mile off of Route 322. The closure of the road left many residents in that section of the township with a long detour through downtown Mays Landing as their only way to exit the township.

The detour, which took many motorists 20 minutes to access the Weymouth section of town, caused a large drop for local businesses and was a public safety concern as emergency crews would have difficulty accessing the area. The detour also blocked an easy pathway to Hammonton.

The county constructed a temporary bridge, which opened in February and has worked well.

Atlantic County Engineer Joe D’Abundo said the temporary bridge is holding well and will be an option for the next few years before the county will be able to properly plan and install a permanent structure.

“We plan to do a full replacement, but it will take some years for planning,” he said. “At best it’s a three-year window.”

Byron Rovins, owner of the Watering Hole Cafe on Weymouth Road, said when the bridge was closed Weymouth Road was like a “ghost town.” But since the road has reopened he’s seen an increase in vehicles since before Irene.

“(After Irene) there was hardly anyone on the road, but now it’s constant,” he said. “It’s like people didn’t realize they could come down this way (before the bridge was replaced).”

Sixteen Month Ago: Developer plans hotel in Cape May City

In July 2011 Bruce Frank, owner of Frank Investments, Inc., discussed plans to possibly construct an upscale “boutique hotel” at the site of the Beach Theatre on Beach Avenue in Cape May City.

The project would complement the new $10.5 million convention center the city built last year on the oceanfront.

Frank said the project is still in the planning stages, and he hopes to present something to the city early next year.

Despite objections from some residents who wanted to save the theater, the company said it was no longer profitable and the building was demolished in fall 2011.

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