Wildlife Drive at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Galloway Township will reopen for daily use beginning Saturday after months of repairs to damage from Hurricane Sandy.
The Wildlife Drive section had been closed since October after the storm left large holes in the top and sides of the 8-mile stretch of refuge road that traverses marshland and forest. Reconstruction started Jan. 14.
Earlier this month, the refuge reopened to visitors on weekends only, and the entrance fee was waived. A $4 per-vehicle admission fee will be reinstituted with the reopening of the area on an everyday basis, or visitors can choose from several different annual pass options at the Visitor Information Center.
The repairs were funded by the Federal Highway Administration and the Emergency Relief to Federally Owned Roads program, and completed by Wagman Construction Inc. of York, Pa.
“Reopening Wildlife Drive represents the state of New Jersey moving forward after the storm,” said refuge manager Virginia Rettig. “We are thrilled to be able to reopen the drive for the enjoyment of nearby residents as well as for the many who come from a distance to visit.”
The Wildlife Drive and adjacent trails are open from sunrise to sunset. The refuge Visitor Information Center is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the week and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.
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