Cape Gazette

Private road opens for Primehook Beach residents

Major route, Prime Hook Road, remains closed
Oct 31, 2012
Photo by: Ron MacArthur Even at low tide, Prime Hook Road is flooded and not safe for passage.


Access has been restored to Primehook Beach for residents and emergency services via Broadkill Road to North Bay Shore Drive. State transportation officials have arranged access to Primehook Beach over private property until Prime Hook Road can be reopened.

The road has been closed numerous times by storms and high tides over the past four years and was damaged again by Hurricane Sandy.

The condition of Prime Hook Road is being assessed. It will be repaired and reopened as soon as possible, but no date has been established, said DelDOT spokesman Robert King.

Not much of Prime Hook Road is visible on Tuesday afternoon. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
It's easy to see the precarious situation at Primehook Beach, a barrier island with little separation between the Delaware Bay and what used to be Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge marshes. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
The numerous breaches along Fowler Beach just north of Primehook Beach took a major hit from this week's storm. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Many homes on the marsh side of Primehook Beach received water damage. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Even three days after the storm, Primehook Beach streets are covered in thick marsh mud and water. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
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