WILDWOOD, NJ --
Roadwork will resume on the proposed Rio Grande Avenue Gateway project
beginning the week of September 23, 2019. This phase of the project will
include the installation of the southerly bridge parapet wall, drainage
construction, roadway paving, and installation of curbs, sidewalks and traffic
signals along with many other project amenities. Work is expected to be
completed by late May 2020 in anticipation of the tourist season.
Due to the scope
and extent of the work, it will be necessary to shift traffic, detour traffic,
and realign the traffic patterns through most of the construction period.
Please note that these new traffic patterns will begin to be implemented during
the week of September 23rd, and will remain in affect both day and night.
Traffic will be maintained, but there will be delays resulting from the various
traffic configurations that will be needed in order to execute the work.
Traffic delays should be expected.
Monday, September 23rd the process of realigning traffic patterns will begin as
the contractor will be removing the center median that exists along the
easterly portion of the George Redding Bridge approach. In order to safely
remove this barrier, the left lanes of both the eastbound and westbound traffic
will be temporarily closed. Due to sight constraints, this closure will begin
just west of the westerly bridge approach. It is anticipated that this traffic
pattern will remain in place until Wednesday, September 25th.
September 25th, the new traffic alignment will be implemented for the first
phase of construction. Eastbound traffic approaching the George Redding Bridge
will be channeled into the left lane as you approach the bridge crest and will
continue to be shifted north over the original centerline of the roadway.
Eastbound traffic will continue as a single lane from Susquehanna Avenue to
Park Avenue. At the intersection of Rio Grande Avenue and Susquehanna Avenue,
motorists will be permitted to make a right turn heading south toward Hand
Avenue. However, Susquehanna Avenue will be closed to northbound traffic at the
intersection with Hand Avenue.
Westbound traffic beginning
at Park Avenue will be restricted to one lane, with the active lane being the
north lane. Eastbound traffic will occupy the former left westbound lane. There
will be single lane traffic in each direction starting at Park Avenue heading
west to the easterly base of the bridge, at which point the existing two
westbound lanes will resume. Susquehanna Avenue north of Rio Grande Avenue will
be closed at Taylor Avenue. Traffic will be permitted to use Taylor Avenue,
however, neither eastbound nor westbound traffic will be permitted to turn
south onto Susquehanna Avenue at this intersection.