Route 9 shifted along Pohatcong Lake in Tuckerton
(Trenton) - Route 9 traffic will be shifted along the Pohatcong Lake in Tuckerton, NJDOT officials announced today.
On Thursday night, July 21, NJDOT’s contractor, Marbro Inc., is scheduled to shift both travel lanes on Route 9 to the west between Great Bay Boulevard and South Green Street and establish a new construction zone on the eastern (northbound) side of the highway. Temporary modifications will also be made to the traffic signal at the Route 9 intersection with Great Bay Boulevard, where left-turn access will be restricted from Route 9 southbound.
Once the new traffic pattern is in place, single-lane closures will be allowed on Route 9 in each direction between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following day Monday through Thursday, with alternating traffic patterns. Route 9 carries one travel lane in each direction in this area and both travel lanes will be maintained during daytime and peak travel hours. No work will take place on the weekends during the summer season.
The traffic pattern changes are necessary for the ongoing $5.5 million project that will improve the adjacent Pohatcong Lake dam according to the requirements of the Safe Dam Act. A new spillway will be constructed capable to handle a ‘100 year storm event’ without the dam overtopping. Additional improvements will also be made to help prevent dam failure during potential overtopping storm events.
Route 9 will also be resurfaced and improved within the construction limits. The project is scheduled for completion in spring 2013.
The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. Motorists are also encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website www.511nj.org for construction updates and real-time travel information.