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Construction Stages and Schedule

The upgrading of the roadway will be done in three geographic sections, each approximately four miles in length beginning at the entrance to Island Beach State Park at Milepost (MP) 0.0 and ending at the Point Pleasant-Bay Head border at MP 12.5. Given the scope of the work, this type of project typically takes four to six years to complete. The New Jersey Department to Transportation (NJDOT) has accelerated the schedule to complete the work sooner.

The Department has coordinated with local officials to minimize inconvenience for motorists, residents and businesses, especially during summer seasons, while at the same time scheduling the work in a manner that creates an opportunity to complete all three construction contracts in as short a timeframe as possible.

The first section (MP 9.0 to MP 12.5) for construction was the northernmost 3.5 miles of the road, from the border between Point Pleasant Beach and Bay Head to the border between Mantoloking and Brick. Through this section of the project, one lane exists in each direction. In July 2013, contractors initiated work on drainage and pump systems along side streets. Major roadwork along Route 35 began after Labor Day 2013. Reconstruction work will be performed in 1/4-mile segments with alternating traffic patterns within the work zones. Work on the 3.5 miles of Route 35 in Mantoloking and Bay Head is expected to be completed in 2015.

Work on the other two sections, MP 4.0 to MP 9.0 (Lavallette, Toms River and Brick) and MP 0.0 to 4.0 (Berkeley, Seaside Park, Seaside Heights and Toms River) began in August 2013. Throughout these sections, Route 35 generally consists of a divided highway that offers two travel lanes in each direction over the remaining nine miles of the project area. During the heavily traveled summer months, existing travel lanes will be maintained.

Summer 2014 Construction Schedule

Work will be halted in all three sections for 2014 Memorial Day Weekend. The normal complement of travel lanes will be available during the Memorial Day weekend from Friday, May 23 until Tuesday, May 27, in all sections of the 12.5-mile-long project except for the southbound side of Route 35 from Curtis Point Drive to Strickland Boulevard.

MP 0.0 to 4.0
Berkeley, Seaside Park, Seaside Heights, and Toms River
In this section, Route 35 is generally a divided highway, providing two travel lanes in each direction from the entrance of Island Beach State Park, extending through Berkeley, Seaside Park, Seaside Heights, and Toms River. This section includes the interchange with Route 37, which has been reconstructed and is expected to be completed by the time work is suspended along the highway for the summer.

  • Work on Route 35 will be suspended on Friday, June 13 and will resume no earlier than September 2
  • Work on the side streets will continue throughout the summer

MP 4.0 to MP 9.0
Lavallette, Toms River, and Brick

In this section, Route 35 is generally a divided highway, providing two travel lanes in each direction.

  • Work on Route 35 northbound in the Lavallette Business District between Brown Avenue and Bond Avenue will be halted on Friday, May 23 and will resume no earlier than Tuesday, September 2
  • Work on Route 35 northbound will be suspended on Friday, June 13 and will resume no earlier than September 2
  • Work on Route 35 southbound from Curtis Point Drive to Strickland Boulevard will stop on Thursday, June 26 and will resume no earlier than Tuesday, September 2.
  • The normal complement of two southbound travel lanes from Strickland Boulevard to 6th Avenue will be available starting this weekend and will continue through the summer.
  • Work on the side streets will continue throughout the summer
  • New Jersey Natural Gas will be working in the northbound shoulder as it installs new gas lines

MP 9.0 to MP 12.5
Mantoloking and Bay Head
In this section, Route 35 consists of a single roadway offering just one travel lane in each direction with shoulders. Much of this section has been reconstructed and is complete beginning at Osborne Avenue in Bay Head and heading south.

  • Work on Route 35 and all sides streets will be suspended on Friday, May 23 and will resume no earlier than Tuesday, September 2

2014 summer travel lanes graphic
2014 Summer travel lanes map (pdf 771k)

 
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  Last Updated:  May 23, 2014