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From 55 North you can see the land clearing and construction taking place deep behind the new Inspira Hospital on Rt 322 in Mullica Hill.  This development is a new County Road called 641 Spur, which will connect Rt 322 at Inspira with Ellis Mill Road in Glassboro.   Basically they roadways are two adjacent exits on Rt 55, and this new road will give more direct access to the hospital from the South.

At each end of the new road there are two existing roads:

  • Neale Rd (Mullica Hill): Off of 322, this is the new road that functions as the main entrance into the new hospital (the hospital is off to the right).  The road currently extends past the hospital into the field in the back
  • Acorn Rd (Glassboro): This is an existing community road off of Ellis Mill Road, which while part of residential section, this road is mostly commercial.

The current phase of theproject is extending Neale Rd close to Acorn Rd, coming in close proximity to Rt 55 before turning towards Acorn.   In this phase the roadway will not connect to Glassboro’s Acorn Rd.   A future phase will connect the new road to Acorn Rd, and presumably require some additional work on Acorn Rd itself.

I saw a reference that this road was “required”, but I couldn’t find additional details on it.   Possibly as part of the hospital approval process?

From the County’s Road Work Updates page:

On December 4, 2019 the County of Gloucester began construction on the first phase of a new roadway between US Route 322, Mullica Hill Road and County Route 641, Ellis Mill Road in the Township of Harrison and the Borough of Glassboro. The new County roadway, County Route 641 SPUR will be an extension of the existing roadway at the new Inspira Hospital site in Harrison Township near the Route 55 interchange, and will connect to Dr. Leo McCabe Boulevard, formerly known as Acorn Drive in the Borough of Glassboro. The first phase of the project will extend the portion of existing roadway by the hospital to an area along Route 55 to the Harrison Township/Glassboro Border. No access will be available through to the Borough of Glassboro’s existing public streets in the first phase of the project and will not directly impact any existing residences and businesses other than Inspira Hospital and Rowan University’s athletic fields. A future phase will make the connection to Dr. Leo McCabe Blvd. (Acorn) and Ellis Mill Road. The contractor for the project is R.E. Pierson Construction and will be completed in approximately 7 months, weather permitting.

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  1. Mostly commercial on Acorn road? That’s funny because it’s one business. A little ridiculous this is going to cause the road right next to my house to be busy once it’s done. When I bought my house on the corner of acorn and Kentucky over 10 years ago, it’s because it was a nice peaceful wooded area. Now I’m going to have to deal with a huge bump in traffic. Where was any notice or vote on this? I don’t want to live right next to a major throughway, especially with no input or chance to voice my opinion.

    1. I dont know any of the details on when this was public or voted on. Saw construction off of 55 and figured out what it was. The county road process is frustrating to me, and think I will be doing a post on it. While not impactful, over in Wash Twp they are moving a road near 5pts to make room for a Wawa… no one knew this was happening up the trucks showed up.

      This is the link the main Highway Division page. I’d call your mayor also
      http://www.co.gloucester.nj.us/depts/p/pw/highway/default.asp

      1. Yea that’s the plan to contact the mayor or someone in charge. This is going to vastly effect my family directly. It’s already been an issue on acorn with the trucking company that blocks the road constantly. Not to mention my daughter is special needs, don’t really want extra, unwanted traffic right next to my house!

    2. I just sent an email to the Road supervisor and our freeholders… asking about “why is there no public information on these projects during the planning stages”?

      I seriously already was working om this… I sent the state an email a month ago with similar concerns.

      I plan on doing a post

  2. I am feeling the same way! I live on 322 and I have not been able to leave my house without a detour for months now! I received nothing to alert me to thus extensive construction right outside of my house! And on top of it I was told by my neighbor that the farm next to me was sold and they want to built there! I moved here for peace and quiet and the beautiful open fields and trees, I put up with the traffic on 322 being already way too busy for one lane, but I did not sign up to live next to a factory and on a highway! Where are the neighbors rights in any of this! There is absolutely no communication from anybody!

    1. There’s actually one business, Demountable Concepts, that’s all. Several house back up to acorn road, this is more a residential area then commercial. Plus the road they are planning will intersect 3 total residential roads. This is a nice, quiet wooded area, now it’s gonna be a traffic nightmare.

      1. Which one specifically? Not trying to be nosey about your secret sauce but that image is very recent as the road was only cleared back to where it hooks to the right recently and I just wasn’t aware that there are sources out there providing that level of up-to-date images.

    1. I know, I’m also wondering where he got that image. I work at Inspira and that end of the road was cleared not that long ago. Would really like to know what source was used?

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