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June 24, 2015

Road restrictions affecting Wednesday evening commute

Damage from Tuesday's severe thunderstorms causing road restrictions across Delaware County and South Jersey

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Downed tree in Delco.

Damage caused by severe thunderstorms Tuesday has left various road restricted throughout Delaware County and New Jersey.

Route 561 through Cherry Hill will be restricted to two lanes Wednesday night as cleanup crews patch concrete damaged during the severe thunderstorms.

Camden County Freeholder Ian leonard urged motorists to prepar for added congestion and longer drive times. The route is expected to return to three lanes for Thursday's afternoon commute.

In Pennsylvania, the southbound side of Route 1 in Concord Township, Delaware County is closed due to downed trees and utility wires, PennDOT spokesman Gene Blaum said. Nine other Delco roads also are restricted for the same reasons, including Route 291 in Tinicum Township and Route 452 in Aston Township.

Other road restrictions include Cheyney Road in Thornbury and Concord townships, Ring Road in Chadds Ford Township, Stoney Bank Road in Glen Mills and Concord Road in Chester Township. Dutton Mill Road, Creek Road and Waterville Road — all in Brookhaven — also have restrictions.

All Bucks, Chester and Montgomery county roads should be cleared of any storm-related restrictions, Blaum said.

Elsewhere in New Jersey, the right two lanes of eastbound Route 70 are closed west of Springfield Road in Cherry Hill due to a downed utility pole.

There is a malfunctioning traffic light and power failures along Route 73 between Kresson Road in Voorhees Township and Evesham Road in Evesham Township. There also is a malfunctining traffic light and power failure on Route 38 at Dixon Drive in Moorestown Township.

Berlin Park will be closed for an extended period of time due to heavy tree loss.

“The Parks Department has been working since the storm ended yesterday to clear tons of debris from the 2,200 acres of open space throughout Camden County,” Freeholder Jeffrey Nash said. “Berlin Park was heavily impacted by the violent wind and rain yesterday and will need more additional manpower for total remediation.”