SEA ISLE CITY - Drivers had to take one more detour on JFK Boulevard on Tuesday afternoon as officials gathered on the roadway to mark the $4.1 million reconstruction project's completion.

With a red ribbon stretching across all four lanes and the tree-lined median, Cape May County Freeholder and Mayor Len Desiderio joined several other officials to praise the work, and thank locals and visitors for enduring the traffic delays.

"They're starting to wave to me with all five fingers again," he joked.

The road work began in February to raise the boulevard 16 inches and make it less susceptible to flooding, as well as repave it, add a traffic light and generally beautify the island's main gateway.

The county and city cooperated on the design and construction of the project, which was fully funded by the federal government.

The completion of the project has been called the capstone in the city's Beach to Bay corridor renovation project, which included several capital improvements from new facilities at the promenade near the beach to a redeveloped marina on the bayside and a new welcome center in between.

Other changes to the road included new walkways and modified sidewalks to make the wide road easier and safer for pedestrians to cross. A new traffic signal also was installed at the intersection with Park Road.

In addition to cutting the ceremonial red ribbon, Desiderio and Freeholder Director Gerald Thornton also switched on the traffic light at Park Road for the first time.

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