Portion of heavily-traveled Fire Road to be closed this summer

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EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – A section of Fire Road in the Farmington section of Egg Harbor Township that is used by 13,000 vehicles daily will be closed for approximately 35 to 45 days starting early July.

Built in the early 1960s, the bridge that crosses over the Atlantic City Expressway along Fire Road needs new decking. Representatives from South Jersey Transportation Authority, which owns the bridge, said the authority will conduct the work as quickly as possible.

Engineer Frank Seney of Reminington and Vernick Engineers, who was hired by South Jersey Transportation Authority to provide a scope of the work, told Egg Harbor Township Committee during its meeting Wednesday, April 24 that the project needs to be done in a fashion that requires the road to be closed, rather than partially shut off to traffic.

"We cannot stage it and alternate lanes of traffic, but we will expedite the process," Seney said. "We scheduled it so that it would start around July 8 so that it would be done by the end of summer and not affect any school children."

Egg Harbor Township Police Chief Michael Morris said the police department would be stationed at key intersections to direct traffic from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily during the work. The police would also be on hand to open the roadway for emergency and fire personnel as needed. 

The roadway is heavily traveled, particularly by trucks as they cross the township, said Township Administrator Peter Miller. The Atlantic County Utilities Authority Recycling Center and landfill are located along Delilah Road and public works vehicles typically use Fire Road along this section to haul waste to the facility, he said.

The likely detour routes would take traffic from the Black Horse Pike up to Route 9 and then to Delilah Road or from the Black Horse Pike to Washington Avenue to Tilton Road to Delilah Road, Miller said.

Seney said the SJTA has high-visibility LED signs that will be used to advise motorists about the construction and detours. 




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