NJDOT announces Route 88 resurfacing project
in Brick and Lakewood
(Trenton) - The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) today announced the start of a project to resurface approximately 4.5 miles of Route 88 in both directions from New Hampshire Avenue in Lakewood Township to west of Folsom Drive in Brick Township, Ocean County.
“Resurfacing projects are a priority for the Department because they improve public safety and help maintain our roadways in a state of good repair,” NJDOT Commissioner James Simpson said.
NJDOT’s contractor, Joseph DeFino Contracting, will immediately start shoulder closures and install advance construction signage and fencing. The initial stage of construction involves work off the mainline highway and will not impact traffic.
In late April NJDOT will begin mainline resurfacing operations. Work requiring lane closures will be performed at night in order to minimize traffic impacts on Route 88. All travel lanes on Route 88 will be maintained during daytime hours, though traffic shifts may be necessary. During the summer months, construction restrictions will be in place prohibiting any lane closures on weekends.
The $3.8 million project will resurface Route 88 in both directions with a new surface course of asphalt pavement between mileposts 2.1 and 6.5 through the townships of Brick and Lakewood. New image detection cameras will be installed at certain intersections to replace the existing, underground loop detectors. These cameras are linked to traffic signals and help maximize the capacity of Route 88. They detect vehicles waiting to enter or cross Route 88 and activate a signal sequence.
NJDOT will also make surface repairs to the Route 88 bridge decks over the Metedeconk River, located within the project limits in Brick. Upgraded curbing, roadway striping and guide rail will also be provided throughout the project limits. The project is scheduled for completion in fall 2011.
Motorists are also encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website www.511nj.org for construction updates and real-time travel information.