Road work shuts down Route 47 outside Wildwood

David Madden
January 26, 2020 - 10:21 am
Morey's pier in Wildwood, New Jersey, circa 2010

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MIDDLE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — For the next six months, one of the routes to get to the Wildwoods will be partially closed, but there are still a lot of ways to get there.

Most drivers hit the Atlantic City Expressway to the Garden State Parkway. For those who want to avoid tolls, there's always the stalwart Route 47. It takes longer, but it's free.

And there's one more problem, according to Steve Schapiro with the New Jersey Department of Transportation: "It's emergency work to repair a culvert that carries Dias Creek underneath Route 47."

Pipes that run under the roadway are damaged, he says.

"They're cracked, and the underlying soil that those pipes are sitting on is eroding, causing sinkholes and compromising the safety of the roadway," Schapiro said.

There are ways around the 15-minute posted detour caused by closing Route 47 between Indian Trail and Springers Mill Roads. Drivers can use 347 and, before hitting Middle Township, taking either 83 or County Route 657. Seasoned Shore commuters also use back roads off Route 55 to get to Route 9 or the Garden State Parkway.

Schapiro says getting the work done now will spare summer Shore drivers a great deal of pain. The project is expected to be complete by late June.