A 2,000-pound, 6-foot-high, 22-foot-long barge will be removed from Burtons Pond near Long Neck on Sunday, April 5, closing Route 24 from 6 to 9 a.m.

The barge was placed in the pond on March 22, so soil samples could be taken and tested in a lab, and will now be removed.

The Delaware Department of Transportation is designing a project to make improvements to Burtons Pond Dam, Louise Holt, public information officer at DelDOT, told Coastal Point.

“We are currently finalizing the scope, but the subsurface information will be used to help design the foundation elements, such as timber piles and-or sheet piles.

“The project is currently scheduled for construction in fall of 2022, although this timeframe may change depending on the complexity of the final scope and potential time of year restrictions for fish, traffic, and-or utilities,” Holt said.

Detour routes were announced by the DelDOT.

Drivers traveling west on Route 24 (John J. Williams Highway) will turn right on Robbinsonville Road, left on Conleys Chapel Road, left onto Route 23-Beaver Dam Road, left on Hollymount Road then back to Route 24.

Those traveling on Route 24 east will turn left on Hollymount Road, right on Route 23-Beaver Dam Road, right on Conleys Chapel Road and right on to Robbinsonville Road, then return to Route 24.

Staff Reporter

Veteran news reporter Susan Canfora has written for many newspapers and held positions ranging from managing editor to her favorite, news reporter. She joined the Coastal Point in June 2019. She teaches college writing, tutors and professionally edits.