UPDATE: Route 35 Will Be Completely Rebuilt, Christie Administration Says

The $215 million project, which will include installing a new and improved drainage system, is expected to be completed by the summer of 2015

Governor Christie announced Tuesday that Route 35, from Point Pleasant Beach to South Seaside Park in Berkeley, will be completely rebuilt.

The $215 million project, which will include installing a new and improved drainage system, is expected to be completed by the summer of 2015. Funding will come from federal sources, Christie said.

The governor announced the project at a press conference held with Ocean County officials at the Lavallette Fire Company building, a block away from the state highway that is the focus of the reconstruction project.

The new highway will be 24 inches thick, including asphalt pavement and the stabilizing sub-base materials.

The Christie administration said it will do its best to minimize summer disruptions, but maintained the project is necessary as part of a state effort to rebuild the overall transportation system in areas affected by Sandy.

"Nowhere is that more prevalent than right here on Route 35, which sustained some of the worst damage in the state," he said.

The 12.5-mile storm-damaged stretch of Route 35 runs along the Barnegat Peninsula in Ocean County. The highway, which serves as the primary north-south route along the Jersey Shore peninsula, from Point Pleasant Beach to the entrance of Island Beach State Park, sustained severe damage during Hurricane Sandy.

"The scope of the damage that was left, left us with a choice that mirrors that of so many of our residents and business," said Christie. "Build back just to where we were, or rebuild better and stronger by accelerating our long term plans for Route 35 in this area. I had a decision to make and I've made it. Rebuild better and rebuild now."

The project has been planned for several years, but became a higher priority after the storm, officials said.

"Before Sandy, we had plans to do this project, and we were going to do it over six years," said Transportation Commissioner James Simpson. "The governor said, 'I want it done by the summer of 2015,' and you know how the governor is, so I'll get it done."

The reconstruction project will rebuild this span of Route 35 in a stronger, more resilient manner, while also providing better drainage, a smoother driving surface, improved accommodations for pedestrians and bicyclists, and more economical repair and upkeep costs, according to Christie.

The state Department of Transportation expects to seek bids on the first of three highway construction contracts next month, with shovels in the ground this summer. The project has been divided into three geographic sections, with contracts for the other two sections advertised for bids by July, 2013.

Under normal circumstances, the DOT limits summer construction activity along highways that provide access to shore and other vacation destinations. However, work to rebuild the highway will continue through the summer of 2013. Efforts will be made to limit motorist inconvenience during this period and, again, during the summer of 2014, state officials say.

Simpson said at least one lane in each direction will be open at all times during construction. Reconstruction work will be performed in relatively small sections, with alternating traffic patterns within the work zones.

Pump stations will be built at various locations to improve storm water management. The current drainage system fails on a routine basis during heavy downpours, state officials say. The new system will be built to handle 25-year storms, which is the maximum attainable given the peninsula’s geology.

The first construction contract to be awarded will be for 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. This stretch of Route 35 consists of a single road offering one travel lane in each direction.

oldkodger February 19, 2013 at 08:41 PM
obama cut all that red tape
Laura February 19, 2013 at 09:15 PM
I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for them to widen in Mantoloking. Take property away from the Ocean side home owner? Forget about it!
re-tired February 19, 2013 at 09:19 PM
The road to "nowhere"! Just like the extra lanes on the parkway southern end...
Local4life February 19, 2013 at 10:23 PM
The road needs a good drainage system. I here everyone on the dunes, but some of the largest dunes I know of were in ortley, how'd that work out? My home is on the ocean side of 35 north, we received 2 feet of BAY water, the ocean did not make it past the front homes, and we have almost no dune to speak of. If we had any sort of working drainage system I do not believe I would have had water in my home. Good luck on 2 lanes through Bayhead and mantaloking, I'd rather have more of a fast way from exit 89 to the bridge, and south of the bridge, I do believe we could have 2 lanes each way.
Opinionated February 19, 2013 at 10:34 PM
This sounds like a joke in the making. It seems building dunes is the #1 priority followed by cleaning the mess in the Barnegat Bay. And then do you really think he will be able to make Rt. 35 a four lane road through Manto, HAH! $215M will be the legal costs alone.
totes magotes February 19, 2013 at 10:43 PM
going to need a nice pretty road to match all the ugly pier villages that are going to pop up all over where our lives used to be. thanks guys.
Skipper February 19, 2013 at 11:00 PM
make a dune out of the new road
Taxed To Death February 20, 2013 at 12:40 AM
I feel for those who have lost or damaged property from the storm. But unless your talking about FEMA flood insurance helping you rebuild, why should my tax dollars be given to rebuild your house ? I'm not the one who gambled buy property so close to the ocean or bay. I'm all for you getting funds from your insurance company or FEMA flood insurance as long as you were paying for it. I get a little annoyed at a few who did not have adequate insurance who now want me to cover their looses.
shorecorruption February 20, 2013 at 02:48 AM
It would be a better road built out of concrete like it was was made in 1953. They changed the angle of the expansion strip on the new concrete roads.So no thudmp! Why put in asphalt? to have it fixed every 3 years
Tom February 20, 2013 at 02:58 AM
I agree with you on this....people kill the Governor and towns for rebuilding the boardwalks and now a STATE Highway...The State and it's taxpayers are NOT responsible for rebuilding your homes. The roads are the States responsibility as your home is YOURS,
Realitysux February 20, 2013 at 03:23 AM
Dunes are a waste of money ,what you need is a sea wall like. Monmouth beach has,and floodgates at all the inlets.expensive but permanent fix.four 100 year storms in ten years and they are going to continue
Fight Club February 20, 2013 at 04:02 AM
Hopefully Rt 35 wi be extended from Xanadu down to Revel. Christie has done such a great job with those two ventures. It's all part of his Jersey Comeback !!!
KC February 20, 2013 at 06:20 AM
Save the Shore and boycott the beach! All these bums care about is their revenue stream, the rest of us can go to hell.
KC February 20, 2013 at 06:22 AM
Governor Donut boy strikes again.
KC February 20, 2013 at 06:28 AM
Chu-Man-Fu February 20, 2013 at 06:41 AM
Will the new route 35 have to comply with the new FEMA ABFE standards that we flooded homeowners have to. My guess is that all of the houses along the highway will have to be elevated at astronomical expense to the homeowners but the road will remain at it's current elevation so that it can easily be flooded and/or washed away AGAIN ! The residents may end up high & dry but will be stranded due to the washed out roadway ........
George February 20, 2013 at 01:03 PM
Raise the road 13 feet. Put the concrete slabs on stilts. (FEMA wants 15,000 NJ houses raised, so how can the state get around that requirement?) The sensible alternative is to build dunes over a solid seawall.
Quaghogdigger February 20, 2013 at 01:26 PM
And were do you think that water in a "working drainage system" would have gone to? Into a flooded Bay, which unless the laws of physics has changed, would be impossible.
PhilApap February 20, 2013 at 03:37 PM
What date has been given to begin building Dunes in Ortley? I am hoping to get my home rebuilt but there is so much red tape. Yes, I paid flood insurance premiums for 8 yrs but still am waiting for adjuster to give an estimate and bank to accept the paperwork. Please, Gov. Christie, step in nd cut the red tape ur buddy Mr.Obama said wouldn't exist.
mineeeemoh February 20, 2013 at 03:37 PM
And the revel filed for Bankruptcy this morning.
mineeeemoh February 20, 2013 at 03:41 PM
Remember who the engineering company who planned the drainage and roads for years. Their plans failed, and I hope they are not the engineers who will plan this one out.
business tycoon February 20, 2013 at 05:14 PM
Your Point Pleasant Beach mayor would have to lobby the State for their assistance to "go the extra mile." Since your mayor is a rude, abrasive, and arrogant tyrant with no people skills, who has repeatedly insulted and alienated all State and County officials---the State is likely to tell Barrella to go pound salt!
Ken February 20, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Tax payer $$$ should just go to rebuild roads. Not peoples houses who decide to live on a "Sand Bar"
Betty Ann February 20, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Rt 35 south will soon be undermined just south of the Bay Beach Gazebo area caused by the bay redesignining itself. I hope the DOT is listening
wookfish February 20, 2013 at 06:22 PM
again with the flood gates? not too bright are you
wookfish February 20, 2013 at 06:26 PM
Mr. Van Der Bas
re-tired February 20, 2013 at 09:38 PM
No plans yet for a "light rail or monorail " along this important road to sleaside . Surely our politicians can figure a way to spend a billion on this important road for drunks!
Andrew S Marcucci February 20, 2013 at 10:54 PM
They are not looking for your money to rebuild their home. I do believe they want dunes built using current technology to decrease the risk of another inlet being carved by the ocean and thus flooding their homes that otherwise wouldn't be flooded. They would like the governor to use his position to make this happen first; as it is the best way (even according to him) to save the shore instead of him seemingly giving in to the very rich and the political elite, or at least explain why this isn't the case. They would also like the FEMA maps reviewed. How can towns that are on the ocean (such as those in Monmouth County) and/or suffered more damage have either an A status or no flood status at all while they are in the V zone and, because of government intervention (new FEMA regulations), they can no longer afford those homes. Many of these people are not near the water. Do they not deserve that much from us? BTW they pay taxes too.
bg robbins February 20, 2013 at 11:39 PM
Infrastructure projects like this are needed all around the country but are not getting done because of obsinate Republicans in Congress. The money is availabe for this because of Super Storm Sandy. Let's not wait for another catastrophe to rebuuild infrastructure where it's needed and put Construction workers back to work in the bargain.
Big Goggy March 26, 2013 at 02:37 PM
How many times do we have to have the dunes rebuilt before people figure out that you CANNOT stop water. If you want to have an ocean front home, then you have to accept the fact that it is not the state's responsibility to keep it safe!


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