Within the Circulation & Infrastructure section of the 2008 North Camden Neighborhood Plan, a series of recommendations were proposed to systematically analyze and improve both the above and below street level conditions. Consistent with the plan, Save Our Waterfront’s steering committee stressed the need to conduct a detailed engineering study which inventoried the existing infrastructure conditions, proposed upgrades with cost estimates, and analyzed the correlation of the existing infrastructure within the core neighborhood with the new waterfront parcels.
To facilitate this project, CFP partnered with the Camden Redevelopment Agency (CRA) to identify funding sources to engage a professional engineering firm to inventory and assess all of the neighborhood’s roads, utilities, and sidewalks (all infrastructure within the public right of way). Grant funds were awarded by the Camden Economic Recovery Board (ERB) to the CRA in early 2009, and CFP worked with the CRA to manage the design consultant and coordinate with the community, public utility companies, and public sector.
The comprehensive inventory and capital plan was completed in December of 2009, and CFP is currently working with the City and community to identify grant funds for the priority roadway improvements (including Erie and Seventh Streets) and move towards implementation.
Additionally, in 2006, the City of Camden received $250,000 from the NJ DOT Transportation Trust Fund for the design and implementation of the Camden Pedestrian Wayfinding Signage Program. Subsequently, CFP entered into a grant agreement with the City of Camden to manage the NJDOT grant, and then finalized the design plans, communicated with project stakeholders, secured the necessary public approvals and oversaw the public advertisement period for construction bids for the first phase of the pedestrian signs. Following concurrence from the City of Camden and NJDOT, CFP awarded a contract to Allied Environmental Signage and a kick-off meeting was held in March 2012. After a delay resulting from approval of a necessary change order, fabrication and installation of the first phase is currently underway. The second phase of construction is also moving forward, as part of the federally-funded TIGER projects along two downtown corridors.