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What Causes Menopause?

The most common reason for menopause is the natural decline in a female's reproductive hormones. However, menopause can also result from the following situations:

Oophorectomy: This surgery, which removes a woman's ovaries, causes immediate menopause. Symptoms and signs of menopause in this situation can be severe, as the hormonal changes happen abruptly.

Chemotherapy: Cancer treatments like chemotherapy can induce menopause quickly, causing symptoms to appear shortly after or even during treatment.

Ovarian Insufficiency: Also called premature ovarian failure, this condition is essentially premature menopause. It happens when a woman's ovaries quit functioning before the age of 40 and can stem from genetic factors and disease. Only 1% of women suffer from premature menopause, but HRT can help protect the heart, brain, and bones.

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Depression

If you're a woman going through menopause and find that you have become increasingly depressed, you're not alone. It's estimated that 15% of women experience depression to some degree while going through menopause. What many women don't know is that depression can start during perimenopause, or the years leading up to menopause.

Depression can be hard to diagnose, especially during perimenopause and menopause. However, if you notice the following signs, it might be time to speak with a physician:

  • Mood Swings
  • Inappropriate Guilt
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Too Much or Too Little Sleep
  • Lack of Interest in Life
  • Overwhelming Feelings

Remember, if you're experiencing depression, you're not weak or broken - you're going through a very regular emotional experience. The good news is that with proper treatment from your doctor, depression isn't a death sentence. And with HRT and anti-aging treatment for women, depression could be the catalyst you need to enjoy a new lease on life.

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Hot Flashes

Hot flashes - they're one of the most well-known symptoms of menopause. Hot flashes are intense, sudden feelings of heat across a woman's upper body. Some last second, while others last minutes, making them incredibly inconvenient and uncomfortable for most women.

Symptoms of hot flashes include:

  • Sudden, Overwhelming Feeling of Heat
  • Anxiety
  • High Heart Rate
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness

Typically, hot flashes are caused by a lack of estrogen. Low estrogen levels negatively affect a woman's hypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls body temperature and appetite. Low estrogen levels cause the hypothalamus to incorrectly assume the body is too hot, dilating blood vessels to increase blood flow. Luckily, most women don't have to settle for the uncomfortable feelings that hot flashes cause. HRT treatments for women often stabilize hormones, lessening the effects of hot flashes and menopause in general.

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Mood Swings

Mood swings are common occurrences for most people - quick shifts from happy to angry and back again, triggered by a specific event. And while many people experience mood swings, they are particularly common for women going through menopause. That's because, during menopause, the female's hormones are often imbalanced. Hormone imbalances and mood swings go hand-in-hand, resulting in frequent mood changes and even symptoms like insomnia.

The rate of production of estrogen, a hormone that fluctuates during menopause, largely determines the rate of production the hormone serotonin, which regulates mood, causing mood swings.

Luckily, HRT and anti-aging treatments in Hanover, NJ for women work wonders for mood swings by regulating hormone levels like estrogen. With normal hormone levels, women around the world are now learning that they don't have to settle for mood swings during menopause.

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Weight Gain

Staying fit and healthy is hard for anyone living in modern America. However, for women with hormone imbalances during perimenopause or menopause, weight gain is even more serious. Luckily, HRT treatments for women coupled with a physician-led diet can help keep weight in check. But which hormones need to be regulated?

  • Estrogen: During menopause, estrogen levels are depleted. As such, the body must search for other sources of estrogen. Because estrogen is stored in fat, your body believes it should increase fat production during menopause. Estrogen also plays a big part in insulin resistance, which can make it even harder to lose weight and keep it off.
  • Progesterone: Progesterone levels are also depleted during menopause. Progesterone depletion causes bloating and water retention, while loss of testosterone limits the body's ability to burn calories.
  • Ongoing Stress: Stress makes our bodies think that food is hard to come by, putting our bodies in "survival mode". When this happens, cortisol production is altered. When cortisol timing changes, the energy in the bloodstream is diverted toward making fat. With chronic stress, this process repeatedly happens, causing extensive weight gain during menopause.
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Low Libido

Lowered sexual desire - three words most men and women hate to hear. Unfortunately, for many women in perimenopausal and menopausal states, it's just a reality of life. Thankfully, today, HRT and anti-aging treatments Hanover, NJ can help women maintain a normal, healthy sex drive. But what causes low libido in women, especially as they get older?

The hormones responsible for low libido in women are progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone.

Progesterone production decreases during perimenopause, causing low sex drive in women. Lower progesterone production can also cause chronic fatigue, weight gain, and other symptoms. On the other hand, lower estrogen levels during menopause lead to vaginal dryness and even vaginal atrophy or loss of muscle tension.

Lastly, testosterone plays a role in lowered libido. And while testosterone is often grouped as a male hormone, it contributes to important health and regulatory functionality in women. A woman's testosterone serves to heighten sexual responses and enhances orgasms. When the ovaries are unable to produce sufficient levels of testosterone, it often results in a lowered sex drive.

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Vaginal Dryness

Often uncomfortable and even painful, vaginal dryness is a serious problem for sexually active women. However, like hair loss in males, vaginal dryness is very common - almost 50% of women suffer from it during menopause.

Getting older is just a part of life, but that doesn't mean you have to settle for the side effects. HRT and anti-aging treatments for women correct vaginal dryness by re-balancing estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. When supplemented with diet and healthy living, your vagina's secretions are normalized, causing discomfort to recede.

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Fibroids

Uterine fibroids - they're perhaps the least-known symptom of menopause and hormone imbalances in women. That's because these growths on the uterus are often symptom-free. Unfortunately, these growths can be cancerous, presenting a danger for women as they age.

Many women will have fibroids at some point. Because they're symptomless, they're usually found during routine doctor exams. Some women only get one or two, while others may have large clusters of fibroids. Because fibroids are usually caused by hormone imbalances, hysterectomies have been used as a solution, forcing women into early menopause.

Advances in HRT and anti-aging medicine for women give females a safer, non-surgical option without having to experience menopause early. At Global Life Rejuvenation, our expert physicians will implement a customized HRT program to stabilize your hormones and reduce the risk of cancerous fibroid growth.

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Endometriosis

Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS, and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.

Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.

Xenoestrogen is a hormone that is very similar to estrogen. Too much xenoestrogen is thought to stimulate endometrial tissue growth. HRT for women helps balance these hormones and, when used with a custom nutrition program, can provide relief for women across the U.S.

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What is Sermorelin?

Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.

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Benefits of Sermorelin

Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.

  • Benefits of Sermorelin include:
  • Better Immune Function
  • Improved Physical Performance
  • More Growth Hormone Production
  • Less Body Fat
  • Build More Lean Muscle
  • Better Sleep
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What is Ipamorelin?

Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.

Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.

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Benefits of Ipamorelin

One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies. Ipamorelin can boost a patient's overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life.

When growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland using Ipamorelin, clients report amazing benefits. Some of those benefits include:

  • Powerful Anti-Aging Properties
  • More Muscle Mass
  • Less Unsightly Body Fat
  • Deep, Restful Sleep
  • Increased Athletic Performance
  • More Energy
  • Less Recovery Time for Training Sessions and Injuries
  • Enhanced Overall Wellness and Health
  • No Significant Increase in Cortisol

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Whether you are considering our HRT and anti-aging treatments for women in Hanover, NJ, we are here to help. The first step to reclaiming your life begins by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation. Our friendly, knowledgeable HRT experts can help answer your questions and walk you through our procedures. From there, we'll figure out which treatments are right for you. Before you know it, you'll be well on your way to looking and feeling better than you have in years!

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Baseball: Caldwell tops Hanover Park for North 2, Group 2 title

Playing in its first sectional title in eight years, top-seeded Caldwell defeated third-seeded Hanover Park, 6-3, in the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 2 tournament final in Caldwell.Stranding baserunners doomed Hanover Park (19-6-1) as it finished the game leaving 12 runners on with a key sequence coming in the first inning.“Up 1-0 in the first with bases loaded a hit could’ve broken the game open but we stranded baserunners and didn’t get that timely hit,” Hanover Park manager Doug Wear said. “We...

Playing in its first sectional title in eight years, top-seeded Caldwell defeated third-seeded Hanover Park, 6-3, in the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 2 tournament final in Caldwell.

Stranding baserunners doomed Hanover Park (19-6-1) as it finished the game leaving 12 runners on with a key sequence coming in the first inning.

“Up 1-0 in the first with bases loaded a hit could’ve broken the game open but we stranded baserunners and didn’t get that timely hit,” Hanover Park manager Doug Wear said. “We put the ball in play and they made plays, we just couldn’t get one to fall and they owned the base paths.”

Caldwell (24-7) immediately made the Hornets pay as it took a 2-1 lead in the home half of the frame thanks to a pair of RBI doubles from Ty Fredo and Nick Bergamotto. Bergamotto added another run in the third to give the Chiefs a 3-1 lead.

The final three outs did not come easy for Caldwell as Hanover Park scored two runs in the top of the seventh and had the tying run at the plate with no outs. However, that was as far as the Hornets could get as Caldwell hung on and snapped their seven-game winning streak.

“They’re going to be well-coached and make all the plays so our game plan was to have a good approach, put the ball in play, and make them make plays,” Caldwell manager Ryan Smith said. “Also, get on base and use our speed to our advantage.”

Caldwell’s Ray Zamloot earned the win pitching six innings and allowing six hits, three runs (two earned), seven walks, and four strikeouts. He also helped his cause with a two-run single in the fifth inning to give his team a 6-1 advantage.

Despite failing to record an out in the final inning, Zamloot made his intentions clear.

“He said ‘I just want to let you know I’m going back in for the seventh’ so we let him go back out,” Caldwell manager Ryan Smith said. “He’s been the guy to get the ball in a lot of big games this year.”

Dan Paris would come in and shut the door on 16 pitches and allowed one hit.

“Our motto all year has been to trust the guy next to you,” Smith added. “We lost in the semifinals last year but I told the team ‘we have the talent to be here again next year, it’s not going to be easy, you gotta put in the time and work.’”

Quality pitching has been a theme for the Chiefs as they have not allowed more than three runs since their 5-3 loss against St. Joseph (Mont.) on May 19 and are in the midst of an eight-game winning streak.

“You have a goal to bring a title it feels really good to accomplish that goal but it wasn’t easy,” Smith said. “You play really good teams so we prepared and worked hard at practice.”

Despite only losing two seniors, Hanover Park will be without a key component next year as Mike Filippone finished his final season leading the team in hits (39), home runs (3), runs (36), and RBI (30).

“We had 19 wins after coming off a year where we had 21,” Wear said. “These kids have nothing to hang their heads about, they were a whole new group who battled and got better as the season went along.”

Caldwell advances to the Group 2 semifinals on Monday at home (North 2 and South Jersey teams are the designated home teams this season). It will play the winner between Ramsey and Westwood.

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Dooley’s heroics lift Hanover Park to North 2, Group 2 softball title

Gina Lagravenis started the season as a slap hitter but as it progressed, there was a sense a change was needed.Hanover Park coach Sergio Rodriguez felt it and so did she, and so she transitioned back to hitting righty near the tail end of April.The move paid dividends and the sophomore has become a much bigger threat at the bottom of the lineup. After hitting .250 in her first 11 games, the sophomore has hit at a .317 pace in 16 games since.On Thursday, she provided the biggest spark of the season when the Hornets neede...

Gina Lagravenis started the season as a slap hitter but as it progressed, there was a sense a change was needed.

Hanover Park coach Sergio Rodriguez felt it and so did she, and so she transitioned back to hitting righty near the tail end of April.

The move paid dividends and the sophomore has become a much bigger threat at the bottom of the lineup. After hitting .250 in her first 11 games, the sophomore has hit at a .317 pace in 16 games since.

On Thursday, she provided the biggest spark of the season when the Hornets needed it most.

With Hanover Park trailing by three in the seventh inning, Lagravenis slugged a lead-off homer to flip the order to Peyton Sward at the top. It’s her second homer of the season and both have come in the last three games.

At that moment, a rally was born.

“I’m so happy that I could start it,” Lagravenis said. “I was not thinking home run as the nine batter. I was just thinking contact up the middle and it worked out really well for me.”

Sward and Molly Cocco came through with hits of their own to put Alyza Dooley into the spotlight. She wouldn’t let that spotlight go.

The junior tied the game with a two-run double and then supplied more heroics with a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to lift second-seeded Hanover Park to a North Jersey 2, Group 2 title in East Hanover.

It’s the program’s first sectional title since 2018.

“I think it really hit us when Gina hit the home run,” Dooley said. “That was huge, our small sophomore who started as a slapper in the beginning of the year. Seeing her hit with power we had to back her up.”

Dooley has now hit safely in seven consecutive games and balloons her average to .449 on the season, up from the .242 she posted as a sophomore. Eggs and bacon for breakfast ended up being a recipe for success and perhaps a good-luck charm.

Dooley, like the rest of her teammates, found success after gradually making adjustments over the course of the game.

Despite not finding success early on thanks in part to some stellar defense on Bernards’ part, the team knew the runs would come. The team did average 9.08 runs per game after all.

“I’m a big believer that you are who you are as a team and we hit the whole year,” said Rodriguez. “We just hit. I didn’t see a way we weren’t going to play seven innings and not ring the bell.”

Adriana Carter also homered in the win and Sward finished with three hits and an RBI. Both are also enjoying more success at the plate. For Carter, she’s batting .425, up from .338 in 2021, with eight more home runs and 22 more RBI.

Sward’s average climbed from .405 to .564 with 20 more runs and 23 more stolen bases.

“I think it’s the coaching to start,” Sward said. “They’ve raised our morale, boosted our confidence. We’re playing together as a team. We all had good years last year but together we’re having better seasons. It’s exciting.”

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N2G2 baseball quarterfinal recaps: Caldwell’s Zamloot and Hanover Park’s Smith throw one-hitters

Ray Zamloot threw a one-hit shutout with seven strikeouts and no walks to lead top-seeded Caldwell to a 3-0 win over ninth-seeded Madison in the quarterfinals of the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 2 tournament, in West Caldwell.Caldwell (22-7) will face fifth-seeded Ridgefield Park in the semifinals on Tuesday.Caldwell scored all three of its runs in the third inning. Nick Bergamotto had a hit, a run and an RBI in the win, while Luke Maida drove in a run. Gil Prial and Lorenzo Sozo each recorded a hit and a run.Quinn Reg...

Ray Zamloot threw a one-hit shutout with seven strikeouts and no walks to lead top-seeded Caldwell to a 3-0 win over ninth-seeded Madison in the quarterfinals of the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 2 tournament, in West Caldwell.

Caldwell (22-7) will face fifth-seeded Ridgefield Park in the semifinals on Tuesday.

Caldwell scored all three of its runs in the third inning. Nick Bergamotto had a hit, a run and an RBI in the win, while Luke Maida drove in a run. Gil Prial and Lorenzo Sozo each recorded a hit and a run.

Quinn Regan threw a six-hitter for Madison (10-12-1) with three strikeouts and one walk.

Hanover Park 1, Lyndhurst 0

Toby Smith threw a one-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts and one walk to lead third-seeded Hanover Park to a 6-4 win over sixth-seeded Lyndhurst in the quarterfinals on the North 2, Group 2 tournament, in East Hanover.

Hanover Park (18-5-1) will face second-seeded Rutherford in the semifinals on Tuesday.

Smith also drove in Mike Filippone for the sole run of the game in the bottom of the fifth.

Mark Ruccio went 2-for-3 in the win.

Lyndhurst ends its season with an 18-10 record.

Ridgefield Park 6, Parsippany 4

Sam Aguilar and Richie Martinez each had a single and two RBI to lead fifth-seeded Ridgefield Park to a 6-4 win over fourth-seeded Parsippany in the quarterfinals of the North 2, Group 2 tournament, in Parsippany.

Ridgefield Park (15-13) will face top-seeded Caldwell in the semifinals on Tuesday.

Aguilar also spent 6 1/3 innings on the mound and conceded five hits.

Parsippany ends its season with a 17-6 record.

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Report outlines causes of I-295/Route 42 wall collapse in N.J.

An investigation has revealed that the retaining wall, built as part of the I-295 “Direct Connect” project in Camden County, collapsed due to multiple factors, including the wrong type of sand used to support the wall, which was already standing on land previously identified as showing signs of instability.Also, the concrete columns were not adequate to withstand loads from the elevated roadway or the wall to provide a “suitable safe” foundation. Heavy rain showers the day before...

An investigation has revealed that the retaining wall, built as part of the I-295 “Direct Connect” project in Camden County, collapsed due to multiple factors, including the wrong type of sand used to support the wall, which was already standing on land previously identified as showing signs of instability.

Also, the concrete columns were not adequate to withstand loads from the elevated roadway or the wall to provide a “suitable safe” foundation. Heavy rain showers the day before the wall collapsed in March 2021 didn’t help either. The roadway was not open to traffic.

The New Jersey Department of Transportation hired engineering firm Hardesty & Hanover to conduct a forensic investigation into the wall collapse. Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti announced the hiring of an independent engineer, nearly two weeks after the collapse. The 7,000 page report was completed in January, but media outlets — including WHYY News — received it this week in 11 parts after filing an Open Public Records Act request.

While the New Jersey Department of Transportation is finishing its investigation, they have begun designing a new wall that won’t be affected by heavy rains in the future.

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Construction on the wall — referred to in the report as “Wall 22” — began in 2018 as part of the long-term road project designed to allow I-295 to flow freely without using ramps connected to the Route 42 freeway.

The project was plagued with challenges even before construction began.

Issues began to appear as early as 2016 when a split or “fissure” in the land slope where the wall was ultimately built appeared. In February 2019, construction was paused for several weeks when several of the panels shifted. About two weeks before the wall collapsed, the first cracks in the pavement above Wall 22 were noticed.

Prior to the completion of the report, Commissioner Gutierrez-Scaccetti said last December that the area where the collapse occurred was “a fairly wet area” already. It was not clear at the time who would pay for the new wall. However, the collapse has pushed the expected completion date of the “Direct Connect” project to 2028.

In a joint statement, U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross and Assemblyman Bill Moen said issues at the site can be traced back almost a decade, and vowed to make sure similar problems don’t happen.

“We want to be clear: this is unacceptable,” they wrote. “We will work to ensure that an event like this never occurs again.”

Moen introduced a bill in the Legislature in May that would require a geotechnical engineer to provide recommendations concerning the type and frequency of tests needed for transportation projects. The recommendations would then be included in construction contracts.

It would also require a groundwater test within six months before construction begins on projects that would need it, and ongoing testing should conditions warrant.

State report details blame for Direct Connection wall collapse

A report prepared for the New Jersey Department of Transportation blames a "complex" failure for the collapse of a retaining wall at a Direct Connection roadway reconstruction site.Among the failures: heavy rains, but also the wrong type of sand used in the wall's construction and a faulty foundation, said the report by Hardesty and Hanover LLC of New York.The ...

A report prepared for the New Jersey Department of Transportation blames a "complex" failure for the collapse of a retaining wall at a Direct Connection roadway reconstruction site.

Among the failures: heavy rains, but also the wrong type of sand used in the wall's construction and a faulty foundation, said the report by Hardesty and Hanover LLC of New York.

The Direct Connection project is a multiyear project to link Route 42, Interstate 295 and Interstate 676 at the interchange around that touches Bellmawr, Gloucester City and Mount Ephraim. Work began on the four-phase project in 2013; initial cost estimates set the work at $900 million.

Tens of thousands of cars travel through the construction zone each day.

Explained:Direct Connection: What is it, when did it begin and when will it end?

The wall was built is 2018 and collapsed on March 25, 2021. Known as Wall 22, it sits at the confluence of the three major highways and was approximately 23 to 31 feet high, 17 to 22 feet wide. It's located where Browning Road crosses over I-76, between a temporary ramp and St. Mary's Cemetery.

"At the time of the collapse, the elevated roadway embankment supported by the wall was not open to traffic," noted the report, obtained by the Courier-Post through an Open Public Records Act request. No injuries were reported as a result of the collapse.

Citing "significant contributing factors," the report said the sand material "used for the embankment and slope was not an appropriate material to support a 30-foot-high retaining wall due to its poor engineering properties at high moisture contents."

The project, it continued, had "a known chronic high groundwater condition and showed previous indications of instability."

Heavy rain a day before the collapse "appears to have exacerbated the groundwater conditions affecting the already marginally stable slope and ground improvement." The wall, it said, also suffered from "a deep-seated bearing capacity/global stability failure."

When it happened:Wall's partial collapse will snarl northbound traffic on I-295, Route 42

Unreinforced concrete columns in the embankment system "were not adequate to withstand the vertical and horizontal loads from the elevated roadway embankment, the I-11 slope and the MSE (mechanically stabilized earth) wall to provide a suitable safe foundation," the report added.

The Courier-Post contacted the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) with several questions, and was told to direct all inquiries in an email. The NJDOT did not respond to the email by mid-afternoon Tuesday.

The project's engineer of record is Virginia-based Dewberry. Contractors on the project include South State Inc., a general construction contractor based in Bridgeton, which was responsible for construction of the embankment, columns, load transfer mat and Wall 22.

Subcontractors working under South State included: Menard Group USA, based in Carnegie, Pennsylvania, which was responsible for the column supported embankment system, load transfer mat and columns; The Reinforced Earth Company, based in Virginia, which designed the mechanically stabilized earth wall; Wang Technology, a Jamesburg, Middlesex County-based firm responsible for the geotechnical instrumentation; and the NJDOT Bureau of Materials, which was tasked with material testing. In addition, engineers from NJDOT, IH Engineers and AECOM were on the construction inspection team.

Site visits a week after the collapse revealed a "distress pattern" in the failed section of the wall, the report said. A visual assessment was partially hampered by damage below the surface level and a berm constructed to stabilize the wall, the report added, so inspectors had to rely on photographs "taken by others" prior to the berm's construction.

A slope directly beneath the wall was "soft and saturated with numerous zones of running water" and "exhibited multiple cracks along its length," the report said, and a drainage system within the slope had shifted out of position. Inspectors saw "erosion gullies" at several locations along the slope.

The collapse of the wall was not the first problem with the Direct Connection project.

As work began in 2013-14, residents in Bellmawr, the epicenter for the project, complained the heavy construction shook their homes' foundations. Others worried about its impact on a town already bifurcated by the massive freeways, and how widening the roadway would impact neighborhood homes, businesses and streets.

Advocates and historians tried to save a historic house that was near the construction zone. The Hugg-Harrison-Glover House, a portion of which dated to 1764, was used by the Diocese of Camden as an administrative building for a cemetery there; the building was demolished without warning by the Department of Transportation in the dark of night, despite preservationists' efforts to save it.

This is a developing story and may be updated.

Phaedra Trethan has been a reporter and editor in South Jersey since 2007 and has covered Camden and surrounding areas since 2015, concentrating on issues relating to quality of life and social justice for the Courier-Post, Burlington County Times and The Daily Journal. She's called South Jersey home since 1971. Contact her with feedback, news tips or questions at [email protected], on Twitter @wordsbyphaedra, or by phone at 856.486-2417.

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