MIDDLE TOWNSHIP — Garden State Parkway motorists should expect lane closings and detours beginning Monday night in the Cape May Court House area as utility work begins for the $125 million project to eliminate traffic signals at Shell Bay Avenue, Stone Harbor Boulevard and Crest Haven Road.

Cape May County Engineer Dale Foster said this initial work should be completed well before Memorial Day. Workers have been clearing trees in the area.

“If the weather had been better, they would have had a lot more done. This is a very aggressive contractor,” Foster said.

Foster said work will start at 7 p.m. Monday in the northbound lanes between Shell Bay Avenue and Stone Harbor Boulevard. Traffic will be reduced to one lane from 7 to 9 p.m., but there will be a full closing of the northbound lanes between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.

“All traffic will be diverted to Route 9,” Foster said, adding that police will be on hand to direct traffic.

The project will then move to the Crest Haven Road area. After the northbound lanes are done, the project will shift to the southbound lanes. Foster said it should take two weeks or more to complete the utility work. There could also be a parkway closing to put up concrete barriers. The work is all expected to be done between Mondays and Thursdays, with no traffic changes Fridays through Sundays.

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