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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 1 2.5) 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. Advanced utility construction started in May 2013 and drainage work began 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 was performed in 1/4-mile segments with alternating traffic patterns within the work zones. As of June 2015, construction activity on Route 35 is complete with minor landscape and drainage work expected to be completed this Fall.

Work on the other two sections, MP 0.0 to 4.0 (Berkeley, Seaside Park, Seaside Heights and Toms River) and MP 4.0 to MP 9.0 (Lavallette, Toms River and Brick) 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.

As of June 2015, the final pavement for Route 35 between MP 0.0 to 4.0 has been completed with all Route 35 travel lanes open. Temporary lane closures for minor sidewalk and pedestrian facility work and landscaping will be completed this Fall.

As of June 2015, between MP 4.0 to MP 9.0, all Route 35 travel lanes are open with shoulder closures being necessary for work zones in select locations. Sidewalks and pedestrian facility work are continuing. All work is expected to be completed this Fall.

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