NJDOT announces Route 9 resurfacing project in southern Ocean County
(Trenton) - Commissioner James Simpson today announced that the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) will resurface approximately eleven miles of Route 9 in both directions from just north of Route 72 in Stafford Township to north of Lakeside Drive in Lacey Township, Ocean County.
“NJDOT is committed to improving our state’s aging infrastructure and providing safe travel for all motorists,” said Simpson said. “This much-needed resurfacing of Route 9 in southern Ocean County will provide a smoother ride and improve safety.”
NJDOT’s contractor, DeFino Contracting Company, will immediately start shoulder closures and install advance construction signage and fencing. The initial stage of construction involves work off the mainline highway and will not impact traffic.
In early spring NJDOT will begin mainline resurfacing operations. Work requiring lane closures will be performed at night in order to minimize traffic impacts on Route 9, which is heavily traveled during the summer months. NJDOT will maintain all travel lanes on Route 9 during daytime hours between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., though traffic shifts may be necessary. No lane closures will be permitted between May 15 and September 15.
“Every effort will be made to minimize any negative impacts to the local businesses, property owners and motorists that utilize this stretch of Route 9,” Simpson said.
The $7.5 million project will resurface Route 9 in both directions with a new surface course of asphalt pavement between mileposts 70.6 and 81.2 through the townships of Stafford, Barnegat, Ocean and Lacey. NJDOT will also make safety improvements at the Route 9 intersection with Barnegat Boulevard, including traffic signal modifications to provide new left-turn movements and updated signage.
New image detection cameras will be installed at certain intersections to replace the existing, underground loop detectors. These cameras are linked to traffic signals and help maximize the capacity of Route 9. They detect vehicles waiting to enter or cross Route 9 and activate a signal sequence. Upgraded signage, roadway striping and guide rail will also be provided throughout the project limits. The project is scheduled for completion in December 2011.
Motorists are also encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website www.511nj.org for construction updates and real-time travel information.