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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ
Contact: Steve Schapiro
Daniel Triana
RELEASE: October 11, 2018

Route 71 detour required for safety improvements project in Monmouth County

Temporary long-term lane closure necessary

(Trenton) - New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announNew Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced the continuation of a safety improvement project that requires a temporary lane closure on Route 71/Main Street northbound and detour from Loch Arbour to Allenhurst.

Beginning at 8 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, October 12 until 6 a.m. the next day, NJDOT’s contractor, New Prince Concrete, is scheduled to close the Route 71 northbound lane between Edgemont Avenue and Cedar Avenue for the next several months for roadway improvements. Initial work began in Loch Arbour and Allenhurst last spring, work was stopped during the summer months, and is now resuming in the fall. The following detour will be in place for approximately three months.

Route 71/Main Street Northbound Detour:

  • Motorists will be directed to turn RIGHT onto Edgemont Avenue
  • Turn LEFT onto Ocean Avenue
  • Turn LEFT onto Cedar Avenue
  • And turn RIGHT back onto Route 71/Main Street

In addition, road work also will begin soon on Route 71 in Asbury Park. The Department will provide advance notice prior to the start of construction.
The Route 71 pavement resurfacing and safety improvements project will improve safety and operational performance on the roadway along a two-mile stretch between Cedar Avenue in Allenhurst and the Main Avenue/Bond Street intersection in Asbury Park. Project improvements include the resurfacing of Route 71/Main Street, upgrading 29 intersections with ADA compliant ramps, and several pedestrian upgrades including curb and sidewalk replacement. The safety improvements project is expected to be completed by spring 2020.

Additional improvements include bike lanes, 17 new traffic signals, replacement of steel utility poles with standard wooden poles, landscape restoration, utility relocation, and improved lighting to enhance the safety of the road for the thousands of motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists using the road each day.

The project has been designed in phases with no work taking place between May 15 and September 15 during the busy summer season.

Motorists should expect temporary detours and lane closures, and are advised to allow additional travel time and exercise caution while driving through the project limits.

The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website www.511nj.org for construction updates and real-time travel information and for NJDOT news follow us on Twitter @NJDOT_info or on the NJDOT Facebook page.

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  Last Updated:  October 12, 2018