WILDWOOD - Roadwork will resume on the Rio Grande Avenue Gateway project beginning the week of Sept. 23.
According to a release, 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.
These new traffic patterns will begin to be implemented during the week of Sept. 23, and will remain in effect both day and night.
Traffic will be maintained, but there will be delays resulting from the various traffic configurations that will be needed to execute the work.
Traffic delays should be expected.
Starting Sept. 23 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.
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 Sept. 25.
On Sept. 25, 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 drivers 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 Boulevard 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.