Project Overview

The Atlantic City Expressway (ACE) was constructed from 1962 to 1965. The ACE was previously widened from the eastern limit to milepost (MP) 31.6.

SJTA completed a Concept Development (CD) Study to investigate widening the ACE to accommodate a third-lane in each direction from milepost 31.6 (Interchange 31) to the western terminus at State Route 42 milepost 44.2 (Interchange 44). Upon the completion of this project, the entire ACE corridor will be a continuous three lane section. The project will include the improvement of two mainline bridges over Route 42 and the Great Egg Harbor River. The proposed project is located in Washington Township, Gloucester County, and Gloucester and Winslow Township, Camden County, NJ.

Purpose & Need

The purpose of the project is to improve the overall traffic operations and general safety along the Atlantic City Expressway (ACE) corridor while aiming to minimize environmental, right-of-way, and structural impacts. Input will be obtained in accordance with the established Public Involvement Action Plan from the traveling public, stakeholders, and local officials. 

The need for the project is to alleviate the recurring congestion, particularly during the peak summer periods, which has resulted in an excessively high number of rear-end and side-swipe crashes. The project will improve safety, mitigate existing geometric deficiencies, and maintain a state of good repair for this essential transportation connection.

Goals & Objectives

  • Mitigate summer traffic congestion along the corridor and increase mobility in the South Jersey and Philadelphia Region.
  • Increase coastal resilience in the region.
  • Create a safe corridor for ACE users.
  • Provide enhanced accommodations for emergency evacuation purposes.
  • Eliminate as many existing substandard geometric features as possible and update roadway to the latest standards where practical.
  • Improve the quality of life for residents and businesses along the ACE corridor and the feeder roadway network, particularly during summer months.
  • Improve access to employment by improving mobility.
  • Support efforts to increase the economic competitiveness of the Philadelphia and South Jersey region.
  • Reduce air and noise pollution resulting from summer traffic congestion along the corridor.
  • Avoid and minimize adverse impacts to sensitive environmental and cultural resources.
  • Implement a cost-effective and financially feasible alternative.

Overall Project Schedule by Phases

  • Concept Development Study – completed early 2022
  • Preliminary Engineering – 2022 to 2024
  • Final Design – 2024 to 2028
  • Construction – TBD

Concept Development (CD) Study

The goal of the CD Study is to develop alternatives for the project. Ultimately, the CD study will recommend and select the Preliminary Preferred Alternative (PPA) that will improve the overall traffic operations and general safety along the corridor while minimizing environmental, right-of-way, and structural impacts.

Preliminary Engineering (PE) Phase

The PE Phase involves performing engineering tasks and technical environmental studies. The major objective of the PE Phase is to further develop and refine the PPA with the details necessary to secure the approval of the environmental document. This phase also obtains input from the community through a public information center. 

Final Design (FD) Phase

The FD Phase includes continuing and completing tasks started during the PE Phase, such as roadway design, bridge design, right-of-way and access engineering, utility engineering, environmental permits and clearances, risk management and community outreach.

The major objective of the FD Phase is to produce the project’s construction contract documents (i.e., final plans, specifications, and cost estimate) for use in soliciting bids from prospective contractors. This requires the continuation and completion of environmental and engineering tasks initiated in the PE Phase.

Construction Phase

The primary objectives of the Construction Phase are to execute a contract and build the project using the contract documents developed during the FD Phase.

Project Progress

Initial Stakeholder & Public Information Center

Initial Public Comment Period

Selection of Preliminary Preferred Alternative

Environmental Clearances

Advance Preliminary Preferred Alternative

Conduct Preliminary Engineering

Continued Public Outreach & Involvement

Finalize Design and develop Construction Documents

Secure all Environmental Permits

Advertise, Bid and Award Contracts for Construction

Continued Public Outreach & Involvement

Implement & Complete Construction

No Long-Term Detours Anticipated

Two Lanes to be Maintained Each Way

Continued Public Outreach & Involvement

*Notes current phase of project.