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Proposed Improvements

Route 35 will be redesigned as a state-of-the-art roadway. To safeguard against future storms and to provide a safer and stronger highway, Route 35 will be reconstructed and reconfigured with the following improvements:


  • All pavement will undergo full-depth pavement reconstruction for a 50-year design life.
  • The roadway profile will be improved to facilitate the collection of drainage run-off and ride quality.
  • Increased pavement cross slopes will be provided to improve roadway stormwater collection.


  • The current drainage system suffered heavy damage by Superstorm Sandy. It will be upgraded to modern standards that will be able to handle storms of such intensity that would normally be expected to occur only once in 25 years.
  • Where required, the drainage improvements will also include subsurface pumping station at several locations within the project limits. Each pump requires an electric generator, which will be housed either on an elevated platform or in a gazebo-like structure located on beach areas.
  • New drainage pipes and New Jersey Pollutant Discharge Elimination System-compliant inlet grates will be installed in the shoulder areas throughout the project to help prevent debris from entering the system.
  • Outfall pipes will be constructed or reconstructed and tidal check valves will be installed.
  • Subsurface water quality manufactured treatments devices will be installed beneath existing paved areas adjacent to the Barnegat Bay beach/shoreline.


  • The pavement markings will be adjusted to maintain existing shoulder parking while allowing for shared bicycle use. Dedicated bike lanes also will be added to the design where feasible.
  • Continuous sidewalk will be provided along the northbound roadway.
  • High visibility crosswalks will be constructed at signalized intersections. Existing crosswalks at unsignalized intersections will be replaced.
  • Curb ramps and sidewalk pedestrian facilities will be constructed to be compliant with the accessibility guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act.


  • New sanitary sewer lines will be installed to replace existing clay and concrete pipe lines that are likely to be damaged from the roadway reconstruction.
  • New water lines will be installed to replace existing concrete pipe that is likely to be damaged from the roadway construction.
  • New Jersey Natural Gas replaced/upgraded gas facilities throughout the barrier island.


  • Signalized intersections will be upgraded to meet current standards.


  • Additional landscaping will enhance median areas and the roadside border area along Route 35.

outfalls photo
This is one of many outfalls that
were damaged during Superstorm Sandy.

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