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Route 55 'biggest of big lifts,' but legislators won't quit


Quiet Maurice River Township, a rural stretch of Cumberland County along the Delaware Bay runs from the meandering loops of the Maurice River to the Cape May County border, has long been home to a political stalemate. There, amid the thick woods of that township, Route 55 meets Route 47 and ends. Back in the 1950s, officials envisioned the freeway leading from Philadelphia to Cape May, a match to the Atlantic City Expressway. But while that toll road was completed in 1965, the four-lane highway that became Route 55 was built in fits and starts, with the most recent section completed in 1989, ending with a merge of a four-lane highway onto a two-lane country road. more

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