NJDOT announces Route 9 resurfacing project
in Freehold and Howell
(Trenton) - The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) today announced a project to resurface more than eight miles of Route 9 in both directions from the vicinity of Alexander Avenue in Howell Township to just south of Route 79 in Freehold Township, Monmouth County.
“NJDOT is committed to improving our state’s aging infrastructure and providing safe travel for all motorists,” Transportation Commissioner James Simpson said. “This much-needed resurfacing of Route 9 in Monmouth County will provide a smoother ride and improve safety.”
NJDOT’s contractor, Earle Asphalt Inc., is scheduled to start preliminary construction activities including site mobilization and sign installation this week, requiring shoulder closures. The $6.2 million project will resurface Route 9 in both directions with a new surface course of asphalt pavement between mileposts 103.4 and 112.2 through Howell and Freehold.
During the first stage of construction 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. Geometric revisions and pedestrian safety improvements, including ADA-compliant ramps, are also planned at the intersection with Strickland Road in Howell.
Mainline resurfacing operations will begin in early-summer. Work requiring single-lane closures will be performed at night in order to minimize traffic impacts on Route 9, a heavily traveled north-south corridor.
• NJDOT will maintain all travel lanes on Route 9 between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, though traffic shifts may be necessary.
• During the summer months, from May 15 through September 15, construction restrictions will be in place prohibiting any weekend lane closures.
• Access to all businesses and residences along the state highway will be maintained throughout construction.
Upgraded signage, curbing, roadway striping and guide rail will also be provided throughout the project limits. Route 9 carries approximately 51,000 vehicles per day through this busy location. The project is scheduled for completion in fall 2012.
Dynamic message signs will notify motorists of upcoming traffic pattern changes. 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 real-time travel information.