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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ
Contact: Steve Schapiro or Kevin Israel
RELEASE: December 10, 2014

Route 35 northbound lane
closure to begin this week in Lavallette

One northbound lane will be closed for reconstruction


(Trenton) - The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) today announced one lane will be closed on Route 35 northbound between 6th Avenue in Ortley Beach and Ortley Avenue in Lavallette to reconstruct the highway beginning today.

On Monday, December 15, NJDOT’s contractor, George Harms Construction, is scheduled to close the left lane of Route 35 northbound. Traffic will be shifted to the right (east) side of the road, where one travel lane and a five-foot shoulder will be maintained.

Work within the Lavallette area will be constructed in eight sections of three blocks each. Work will occur on multiple sections concurrently to advance the project as quickly as possible. However, there will be a separation between work zones so that no more than three blocks in a row will be disrupted at one time.

Parking will be available on side streets and on the left (west) side of Route 35 northbound in sections where construction is not taking place. Parking on the right (east) side of the road will not be permitted until further notice.

Variable message signs will be used to notify motorists of all traffic pattern changes.  The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors.  Motorists are encouraged to check www.511nj.org for real-time travel information.

Project Details

Route 35, which is the backbone of the Barnegat Peninsula, was severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy and is being completely rebuilt.  The $265 million project is divided into three geographic sections and began during the summer of 2013.

The new stone-and-asphalt roadway will be two feet thick, providing a more stable road and smoother driving surface.  A new storm-water drainage system for Route 35 has been designed to handle 25-year storms and will feature nine pump stations and treatment facilities to filter and purify the storm water prior to discharge into Barnegat Bay.

NJDOT has an accelerated schedule for this project to accomplish a massive amount of work in as short a timeframe as possible to bring the shore back better than ever. The Department is advancing this project in a manner that balances the desire to work expeditiously with the need to accommodate residents, business owners and visitors during busy summer vacation seasons.

The Department has a robust community outreach effort that includes a hotline telephone number, 732-230-7356, and email address, restorenj35@mbi-gs.com for residents to pose questions or provide suggestions as work progresses.

NJDOT also has created a project-specific website that provides information on the proposed construction activity.  The site will be updated as work advances. 

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