NORTHFIELD— Tilton Road was closed off this morning after workers struck a gas main while doing a drainage reconstruction project there.

The road in both directions has since reopened, after the gas was shut off. Traffic is allowed through the area while repairs are underway.

Police chief Robert James estimates the work will be done by about 4 p.m.

Travelers are advised to avoid the area, and officers are on scene to divert traffic.

Hina Bukhsh, of Atlantic City, said she had to park a mile away and walk to work, making her an hour late.

Edna Little, of Somers Point, was headed over to the Comcast office and had to weave in and out of parking lots and take side streets to get close enough.

Officials at the scene alerted nearby businesses, but did not evacuate the area.

Some businesses anticipated closing early.

Hot Bagels & More put up a sign telling customers they would close at 1 p.m.

Hair Experts staff spent the morning calling to cancel and reschedule appointments for the day, and said they were ready to close at about 10:30 a.m.

Eastbound traffic remains restricted to one lane in the construction zone, due to ongoing drainage work.

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