Deans Rhode Hall Road, cemeteries to be closed Monday into Tuesday

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Washington and Floral Park Cemeteries, located on Deans Rhode Hall Road in South Brunswick, will be closed for Lag BaOmer on May 11 and 12 due to concern about a large volume of people possibly coming to congregate on the grounds.

“We have worked with cemetery staff several times over the past eight weeks to address concerns about large groups coming to the cemetery. In addition to the cemetery being closed, we are setting up a frozen zone around the cemetery that will prohibit traffic,” South Brunswick Office of Emergency Management Director Chief Raymond Hayducka said in a prepared statement.

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South Brunswick police met with faith leaders on May 7 to explain the details, according to the statement.

“We want to create as much outreach as possible to prevent any issues. Typically, we can expect several thousand people to visit the cemetery for this annual event. That is not possible this year,” Hayducka said in the statement.

Expect delays and detours around the cemetery. The plan will prevent all traffic on Deans Rhode Hall Road from Route 130 to Fresh Ponds Road. Message boards were placed to alert drivers of the upcoming closure. South Brunswick police will have additional officers on hand to address the traffic and detours.

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