Contract awarded to study Bader Field alternatives

ATLANTIC CITY - The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority awarded a $350,000 contract Tuesday for the study of development alternatives for Bader Field, the 150-acre site whose fate is considered vital to the city's future. The designation...

--Granted preliminary approval for a $4.8 million short-term loan to the South Jersey Transportation Authority for a $12.5 million expansion project at the Atlantic City International Airport. The project entails certain apron expansion and improvements as part of the airport's ongoing capital development program, according to airport Director Thomas Rafter. The SJTA will repay the CRDA from passenger facility charges for which it expects to receive Federal Aviation Administration approval. This project fits into a larger one planned to expand the airport's number of gates, Rafter said.

--Granted approval and authorization of $133,000 for the initial phase of an Atlantic City traffic operations center that would help alleviate congestion. The CRDA awarded a bid to CMX Consulting. The total cost of the project will be $60 million, from yet-unidentified sources.

--Approved the reservation of $130,000 in supplemental funds allowing DMJM Harris to conduct traffic counts at more intersections as part of the transportation study.

--Approved a project that would fund improvements for the Dwayne Harris Memorial Ball Field near the intersections of Maryland and Huron avenues and Brigantine Boulevard, in addition to funds being contributed by the city. The CRDA's portion - which goes toward reconditioning the field, resurfacing a basketball court and building a field house with concessions and bathrooms, among other things - will come from funds to be donated by Revel Entertainment.

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