By Mike DeNardo

CHERRY HILL, NJ. (CBS) — Merchants and residents are welcoming the repaving of one of New Jersey’s roughest and most heavily-traveled highways.

Fifty-thousand drivers a day travel over one of the worst road surfaces in the state: Route 70 through the Erlton section of Cherry Hill. The blacktop is long worn away, and for decades drivers have endured the kathunk-kathunk of tires over bare concrete. Kevin King hears the noise right outside his Framers’ Workroom.

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“There’s an expansion joint right out front that gets kind of noisy and kind of rattles the windows,” he explained.

(credit: Mike DeNardo)

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But now, a $9-million resurfacing is underway. It can’t happen soon enough for Julianna Bertino, owner of Aimee Michelle Bridal.

“It’s been many years, and it’s pretty exciting,” Bertino said. “Because I feel like every day that I drive by it’s always bumpy on the road and it’s always hard to get through traffic and it’s like you’re in another country!”

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In three years, New Jersey DOT plans a complete $30-million reconstruction of the highway.