Central Avenue road closure expected to last several weeks

Due to the failure of a crossroad pipe, a portion of Central Avenue in Ocean View has been closed and is expected to remain closed for about three more weeks.

Central Avenue is closed from Woodland Avenue to Cedar Drive. The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) suggests local traffic use Cedar Drive, Route 26 and Woodland Avenue to detour around the closure.

Ocean View Public Works Director Charles McMullen said he has been in communication with Jason McCloskey at DelDOT, who said the repair work must be contracted out because DelDOT does not install concrete pipe.

“The plus is that they were aware of issues with the pipe/road,” said McMullen. “[They have] already obtained necessary permits from outside agencies (DNREC) and have a contractor that is able to do the necessary contract work. The negative is that the approved contractor is just starting another large road project on SR24, tentatively scheduled to begin on March 27, and, weather permitting, is projected to take about two weeks.”

McMullen said the Central Avenue project would follow the Route 24 project, and would, he hopes, start around April 10, taking less than a week to complete.