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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ
Contact: Steve Schapiro
Judy Drucker
RELEASE: November 29 2018

Route 72 westbound shoulder to be closed as part of the East Road intersection improvement project in Stafford

Closures necessary for drainage improvements

(Trenton) -New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced the shoulder on Route 72 westbound will be closed in preparation for drainage work as part of the intersection and roadway improvements at East Road in Stafford, Ocean County.

Beginning at 8 a.m. tomorrow, Friday, November 30 until 4 p.m., NJDOT’s contractor Earle Asphalt Co. is scheduled to close the shoulder on Route 72 westbound between the Garden State Parkway and the Stafford Square Shopping Center to create a work zone for drainage improvements and future culvert replacement work. The shoulder will be closed for the duration of the project and there may be daily lane closures as necessary.

The $8.6 million federally-funded Route 72 East Road project will provide highway and signal intersection improvements to address congestion and safety concerns. Improvements are scheduled to include the addition of a 10-foot shoulder in each direction on Route 72 between the Garden State Parkway and the Stafford Square Shopping Center, median widening, new

barrier curbs, plus new traffic signals and roadway improvements at two Route 72 intersections - Roosevelt Boulevard and Doc Cramer Boulevard.

There will be a new culvert and a revised jug handle circling a water basin from Route 72 westbound to a relocated East Road (East Road is being moved approximately 200 feet east from its current location), two new storm water basins will be constructed further down on Route 72 westbound, and West Road will be relocated east from its current location between McDonalds and Mr. Tire to a new location between Element Restaurant and Starboard Plaza. Washington Road, located parallel to Route 72 will end at the new West Road.

Construction began this fall and is expected to be completed in late 2019.
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:  November 29, 2018