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Public’s Last Chance to Voice Concerns on $65 Million Wall to be Built through the Delaware Water Gap

KNOWLTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – On June 18, 2019 the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) will be holding an open house in regards to their plan to install a 60-foot concrete pyramid, and a series of industrial fences on Route 80 through the Delaware Water Gap.

According to a press release, the NJDOT estimates the cost of the project to be $65.624 million.

NJDOT continues to press the need to protect motorists from potential rockfall from the cliffs of the Delaware Water Gap, citing 9 rockfall events – with one fatality, between the years 2001 and 2016.

The area in which the project is set to be built sees approximately 70 car accidents a year. Mayor of Knowlton Township, Adele Starrs, adds that just last week Route 80 was closed for almost 8 hours.

“We had residents who could not get into their driveway because all of the traffic was being routed through our town, it was an absolute nightmare,” explains Starrs.

Since the annoucement of the project’s design back in 2017, more than 20 area towns and prominent groups such as the NJ Sierra Club and National Parks Conservation Association have been opposed to the plan.

Adele Starrs stresses to the public that, “This is a two year construction project that will involve closing down Route 80…just think about two years of construction and what kind of havoc that is going to wreak on your life.”

The open house will be held at North Warren Regional High School, located at 10 Noe Road in Blairstown NJ, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. NJDOT representatives will be present to answer any questions from the public.

Published by Callie Wickkiser

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