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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 in two years.

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 prior to the summer of 2015.

The first section (MP 9.0 to MP 12.5) for construction will be 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. Starting in July 2013, contractors will initiate work on drainage and pump systems along side streets and will maintain the current lane configuration along this section of Route 35. Major roadwork along Route 35 will take place after Labor Day. Reconstruction work will be performed in 1/4-mile segments with alternating traffic patterns within the work zones. Work on the 3.5 miles of Route 35 in Mantoloking and Bay Head is expected to be completed by Summer 2014.

The other two sections, MP 4.0 to MP 9.0 (Lavallette, Toms River and Brick) and MP 0.0 to 4.0 (Berkeley, Seaside Park, Seaside Heights and Toms River) are scheduled to begin 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. During the heavily traveled summer months, existing travel lanes will be maintained. Between September 2013 and May 2014, one northbound and southbound lane will be maintained at all times.

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  Last Updated:  August 14, 2013