Portion of popular back road to the Shore closed until June

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A popular secondary road that connects the Delaware River and the Atlantic Ocean is closed until June for what state officials say are “priority roadway repairs.”

According to a New Jersey Department of Transportation news release, Mount Construction on Monday began repairing a culvert over Dias Creek on Route 47 in Cape May County’s Middle Township.

Officials say sinkholes that have formed are compromising the state highway — which runs for 75 miles from Brooklawn to Wildwood — that typically jams during the summer when it becomes a two-lane road toward the coast.

Detours are in place, and local access is available for residents and businesses. State transportation officials expect the project to finish by June 2020.

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The following signed detour will be in place throughout the duration of the project:

Route 47 Northbound detour:

Motorists wishing to continue on Route 47 northbound will be instructed to turn right onto Indian
Trail Road.
Turn left onto Route 9 north.
Turn left onto W. Hand Avenue.
Turn right back onto Route 47/S. Delsea Drive.

Route 47 Southbound detour:

Motorists wishing to continue on Route 47 southbound will be instructed to turn left onto W. Hand
Avenue.
Turn right onto Route 9 south.
Turn right onto Indian Trail Road.
Turn left onto Route 47/S. Delsea Drive.

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