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What is Testosterone?

Testosterone is a crucial hormone for men and plays an important role throughout the male lifespan. Most of a male's testosterone is produced through the testicles. Also called the male sex hormone, testosterone starts playing its part during puberty.

When a male goes through puberty, testosterone helps males develop:

  • Facial Hair
  • Body Hair
  • Deeper Voice
  • Muscle Strength
  • Increased Libido
  • Muscle Density

As boys turn to men and men grow older, testosterone levels deplete naturally. Sometimes, events like injuries and chronic health conditions like diabetes can lower testosterone levels. Unfortunately, when a man loses too much T, it results in hypogonadism. When this happens, the testosterone must be replaced, or the male will suffer from symptoms like muscle loss, low libido, and even depression.

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How Does TRT Work?

TRT is exactly what it sounds like: a treatment option for men that replaces testosterone so that your body regulates hormones properly and restores balance to your life. Also called androgen replacement therapy, TRT alleviates the symptoms that men experience with low T.

Originally lab-synthesized in 1935, testosterone has grown in popularity since it was produced. Today, TRT and other testosterone treatments are among the most popular prescriptions in the U.S.

Without getting too deep into the science, TRT works by giving your body the essential testosterone it needs to function correctly. As the primary androgen for both males and females, testosterone impacts many of the body's natural processes – especially those needed for overall health. For example, men with low T are more prone to serious problems like cardiovascular disease and even type-2 diabetes.

When your body quits making enough testosterone, it causes your health to suffer until a solution is presented. That's where TRT and anti-aging medicine for men can help. TRT helps balance your hormones and replenish your depleted testosterone. With time, your body will begin to heal, and many symptoms like low libido and irritability begin to diminish.

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What Causes Low T?

For men, aging is the biggest contributor to lower testosterone levels, though there are other causes like obesity, drug abuse, testicular injuries, and certain prescribed medications. Sometimes, long-term health conditions like AIDS, cirrhosis of the liver, and kidney disease can lower testosterone levels.

When a man's testosterone levels drop significantly, it alters his body's ratio of estrogen and testosterone. Lower testosterone levels cause more abdominal fat, which in turn results in increased aromatase, which converts even more testosterone into estrogen.

If you're concerned that you might have low T, you're not alone. Millions of men in the U.S. feel the same way. The best way to find out if your testosterone is low is to get your levels tested.

For sustainable testosterone replacement therapy benefits, you must consult with hormone doctors and experts like those you can find at Global Life Rejuvenation. That way, you can find the root cause of your hormone problems, and our team can craft a personalized HRT plan tailored to your needs.

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Low Sex Drive

One of the most common reasons that men choose TRT is because they have lost that "spark" with their partner. It's not easy for a man to hear that they're not performing like they used to. Intimacy is a powerful part of any relationship. When a once-healthy sex life dwindles, it can cause serious relationship issues.

The good news is that low libido doesn't have to be a permanent problem. TRT and anti-aging medicines help revert hormone levels back into their normal range. When this happens, many men have a more enjoyable life full of intimacy and sex drive.

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Inability to Achieve and Maintain an Erection

Weak erections – it's an uncomfortable subject for many men in the U.S. to talk about. It's even worse to experience first-hand. You're in the midst of an intimate moment, and you can't do your part. Despite being perfectly normal, many men put blame and shame upon themselves when they can't achieve an erection. And while the inability to perform sexually can be caused by poor diet, obesity, and chronic health conditions, low testosterone is often a contributing factor.

Fortunately, weak erections are a treatable condition. The best way to regain your confidence and ability in bed is to speak with your doctor. Once any underlying conditions are discovered, options like TRT may be the best course of treatment.

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Loss of Strength and Muscle Mass

Do you find it harder and harder to work out and lift weights in the gym? Are you having problems lifting heavy items that you once had no problem lifting?

Recent studies show that when men are inactive, they lose .5% of muscle strength every year, from ages 25 to 60. After 60, muscle loss doubles every decade. While some muscle loss is common as men age, a significant portion can be tied to low testosterone levels. When a man's T levels drop, so does his muscle mass.

Testosterone is a much-needed component used in gaining and retaining muscle mass. That's why many doctors prescribe TRT Hanover, NJ, for men having problems with strength. One recent study found that men who increased their testosterone levels using TRT gained as much as 2.5 pounds of muscle mass.

Whether your gym performance is lacking, or you can't lift heavy items like you used to, don't blame it all on age. You could be suffering from hypogonadism.

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Hair Loss

If you're like millions of other men in their late 20s and 30s, dealing with hair loss is a reality you don't want to face. Closely related to testosterone decline and hormone imbalances, hair loss is distressing for many men. This common symptom is often related to a derivative of testosterone called DHT. Excess amounts of DHT cause hair follicles to halt their production, causing follicles to die.

Because hair located at the front and crown is more sensitive to DHT, it grows slower than other follicles and eventually stops growing permanently. Thankfully, TRT and anti-aging treatments for men in Hanover, NJ, is now available to address hair loss for good.

While it's true that you can't change your genes, you can change the effects of low testosterone on your body. Whether you're suffering from thinning hair or hair loss across your entire head, TRT and other hormone therapies can stop hair loss and even reverse the process.

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Gynecomastia

Also called "man boobs," gynecomastia is essentially the enlargement of male breast tissue. This increase in fatty tissue is often caused by hormonal imbalances and an increase in estrogen. For men, estrogen levels are elevated during andropause. Also called male menopause, andropause usually happens because of a lack of testosterone.

If you're a man between the ages of 40 and 55, and you're embarrassed by having large breasts, don't lose hope. TRT is a safe, effective way to eliminate the underlying cause of gynecomastia without invasive surgery. With a custom HRT and fitness program, you can bring your testosterone and estrogen levels back to normal before you know it.

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Decreased Energy

Decreased energy was once considered a normal part of aging. Today, many doctors know better. Advances in technology and our understanding of testosterone show that low T and lack of energy often go hand-in-hand.

If you're struggling to enjoy activities like playing with your kids or hiking in a park due to lack of energy, it could be a sign of low T. Of course, getting tired is perfectly normal for any man. But if you're suffering from continual fatigue, a lack of enjoyment, or a decrease in energy, it might be time to speak with a doctor.

Whether you're having a tough time getting through your day or can't finish activities you used to love, TRT could help.

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Lack of Sleep

A study from 2011 showed that men who lose a week's worth of sleep can experience lowered testosterone levels – as much as 15%, according to experts. Additional research into the topic found almost 15% of workers only get five hours of sleep (or less) per night. These findings suggest that sleep loss negatively impacts T levels and wellbeing.

The bottom line is that men who have trouble sleeping often suffer from lower testosterone levels as a result. If you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day but toss and turn all night long, you might have low T.

TRT and anti-aging medicines can restore your T levels back to normal, which can help you sleep better with proper diet and exercise.

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Depression

You're feeling down about everything, and there's no solid explanation for why you're in such a crummy mood. Your daily life is great and full of success, but you can't help but feel unexcited and unmotivated. If you're experiencing symptoms like these, you may be depressed – and it may stem from low testosterone.

A research study from Munich found that men with depression also commonly had low testosterone levels. This same study also found that depressed men had cortisol levels that were 67% higher than other men. Because higher cortisol levels lead to lower levels of testosterone, the chances of severe depression increase.

Depression is a very real disorder and should always be diagnosed and treated by your doctor. One treatment option gaining in popularity is TRT for depression. Studies show that when TRT is used to restore hormone levels, men enjoy a lighter, more improved mood. That's great news for men who are depressed and have not had success with other treatments like anti-depression medicines, which alter the brain's chemistry.

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Inability to Concentrate

Ask anyone over the age of 50 how their memory is, and they'll tell you it wasn't what it used to be. Memory loss and lack of concentration occur naturally as we age – these aren't always signs of dementia or Alzheimer's.

However, what many men consider a symptom of age may be caused by low testosterone. A 2006 study found that males with low T levels performed poorly on cognitive skill tests. These results suggest that low testosterone may play a part in reducing cognitive ability. If you're having trouble staying on task or remembering what your schedule is for the day, it might not be due to your age. It might be because your testosterone levels are too low. If you're having trouble concentrating or remembering daily tasks, it could be time to talk to your doctor.

Why? The aforementioned study found that participating men experienced improved cognitive skills when using TRT.

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Weight Gain

Even though today's society is more inclusive of large people, few adults enjoy gaining weight as they age. Despite their best efforts, many men just can't shed the extra pounds around their midsections, increasing their risk of heart disease and cancer.

Often, male weight gain is caused by hormone imbalances that slow the metabolism and cause weight to pile on. This phase of life is called andropause and happens when there is a lack of testosterone in the body. Couple that with high cortisol levels, and you've got a recipe for flabby guts and double chins.

Fortunately, TRT treatments and physician-led weight loss programs can correct hormone imbalances and lead to healthy weight loss for men.

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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 is suitable for both men and women. It provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies, boosting patients' 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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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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