SEA ISLE CITY — Cape May County officials are telling drivers to expect delays next week as crews begin work on a new phase of construction on Sea Isle Boulevard.

The work is part of a $13 million multiyear project to rehabilitate the road’s pavement and raise it above the 100-year flood elevation level, according to a news release from the county.

Officials said the work next week will affect Sea Isle Boulevard as well as the nearby ramp to the Garden State Parkway north and the road connecting Sea Isle Boulevard to Old Sea Isle Boulevard.

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The parkway ramp will be closed, weather permitting, overnight Monday to allow workers to conduct paving operations. Drivers will have “very limited” access to Old Sea Isle Boulevard until Wednesday, according to the release.

Officials advised drivers to use the parkway’s northbound ramp at Roosevelt Boulevard in Upper Township when the Sea Isle Boulevard ramp is closed.

Contractors will repave the ramp and connector, and traffic will be switched from the south side of Sea Isle Boulevard to the north side, officials said. That transition will take place overnight when traffic is light, according to the release.

There also will be intermittent lane closings during the week on Sea Isle Boulevard, which connects Sea Isle City to Dennis Township. However, the road will not shut down completely, the release said.

When the project is complete, Sea Isle Boulevard will have one 12-foot lane with eight feet of shoulder in each direction. Officials expect the roadwork to be done in March 2019.

Work to restore nearby wetlands affected by construction is scheduled to continue until 2020, according to the release. The new road will also feature fencing aimed at protecting diamondback terrapin turtles, officials said.

South State Inc., of Bridgeton, was awarded a contract for the project in 2014, and the work is being funded by the New Jersey Department of Transportation through grants from the Federal Highway Administration, according to the release.

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Joined the Press in June of 2016 as a nighttime breaking news reporter. I'm now a staff writer covering Cape May County. Born and raised in Philadelphia and a graduate of Temple University. Previously interned for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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