VINELAND — Work to remove oil and tar from the site of a manufactured-gas plant could close a section of a major roadway for up to a year.

South Jersey Gas will use that time to clean up the site of the former Vineland Manufactured Gas Plant near North East Boulevard and Peach Street.

The project, scheduled to begin the week of Sept. 16, will cause a series of detours through the area until the work is complete.

According to South Jersey Gas, the plant was one of more than 1,000 facilities across the country that existed before World War II. The plants supplied fuel to nearby homes, the utility said.

The plants also produced byproducts such as tar and oils that would occasionally spill and leak into the ground, South Jersey Gas said. That is what happened at the two-acre site in Vineland, they said.

South Jersey Gas said is it responsible for the cleanup because it eventually took ownership of the site. The cleanup plan involves removing and treating soil from the site. The soil will eventually be deposited at a licensed landfill.

“All impacts will be removed from site soil, leaving all affected properties without environmental restrictions,” the utility said in a statement.

City spokesman Michael Tofanelli said detour signs will go up in advance of the beginning of the work.

The plan is to detour motorists to East and West avenues to avoid the closed portion of North East Boulevard, he said.

Contact Thomas Barlas:

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Senior copy editor for the Press of Atlantic City. Have worked as a reporter, copy editor and news editor with the paper since 1985. A graduate of the University of Delaware.