Route 47 to Reopen Ahead of Schedule in Middle Township
A section of Route 47 in Middle Township that has been closed since the beginning of the year will be reopening tomorrow, some two months ahead of schedule.
According to the New Jersey Department of Transportation, construction barriers will start to be removed early Wednesday morning.
Officials had said the section of Route 47 over Dias Creek would be closed until June.
Since mid-January, crews have been working to repair sinkholes that developed along this stretch of highway near Indian Trail Road. The NJDOT says, "The project included completely digging out the road to remove the damaged culvert pipes and constructing a temporary bypass to allow unimpeded water flow and wildlife movement to comply with environmental regulations while the construction was taking place. The project included the installation of two new 60-inch diameter culvert pipes, as well as reconstructing and repaving this portion of Route 47."
The closing of this portion of Route 47 made headlines across the state as the project was announced within days of the announcement that President Trump would hold a rally at the Wildwoods Convention Center. Some believed that the work was happening to impede those attending the rally as Route 47 is a commonly used road to access the Wildwoods, however, that proved to be not true.