Route 26 sewer project starting up again

With two months of construction behind them in the multi-year work to extend central sewer service along Route 26 through Millville, business owners along the busy road said in March that fears of major traffic tie-ups seriously impacting their bottom line hadn’t really come to pass. Now, after a summer-long break on the project, contractors are getting ready to start up for the final segment of the project, from Millville Town Hall west to the Bethany Crest community.

Work on “Segment C” of the project, from Old Mill Road to the bridge crossing a tax ditch next to Millville Town Hall, was begun in early 2008 and completed according to an April 30 deadline, in advance of the busy and traffic-heavy summer season.

Bill and Donna Lord, owners of Lord’s Landscaping, were involved with the project from the beginning and in March had only good things to say about the process.

“We went through the whole process, and the county was terrific,” said Bill Lord. “We weren’t caught unaware and they really tried to accommodate us by doing it now. The guys at A.P. Croll have been great.”

With Labor Day now past, contractors will start construction again this week — on Sept. 8 — and are aiming to complete the remaining sections before a January 2009 deadline. Electronic signs warning of potential impacts on traffic were in place just in time for the Labor Day holiday weekend.

That means local residents, businesses and their employees may have seen the last of the main summer traffic crunch for the year but they will now have to plan additional time into their days to accommodate alternating one-way traffic along Route 26, or find some alternative routes to get around the resulting headaches.

The Lords, and other local businesspeople, were kept abreast of the plans for construction through a series of meetings coordinated in the last two years by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce. And the Chamber has another such meeting scheduled for this week, on Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 9 a.m. at Millville Town Hall.

Representatives and engineers from the project will be present to answer questions and concerns about Phase II of the project, which was set to start Sept. 8 and be significantly under way this fall.

There is no cost to attend the meeting, and Chamber representatives are encouraging all Millville business owners to attend and to inform their neighboring businesses. Those planning to attend should RSVP to Helen at or (302) 539.2100, ext. 16, no later than Friday, Sept. 5.