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Route 35 Construction Will Hamper Traffic This Summer, Brick Mayor Says

by Patricia A. Miller

With memories of a traffic-choked Route 35 during the recent Polar Plunge still fresh, many are worried about what the state highway will look like this summer.
 
"I've getting a lot of questions in regard to the road question," said Mark Halloran, president of the Federation of Brick Beaches said at the March 18 Township Council meeting.

"The traffic and difficulty of getting anywhere has been unbearable... everyone is wondering what's going to happen in the summer," Halloran said.

Halloran said little information is forthcoming from the state Department of Transportation's outreach center.

"We can't get any answers," he said.

Mayor John Ducey said the completion date for the massive project is June 15, 2015.

Contractors will work through the summer and into the winter if the weather cooperates, the mayor said.

"There is going to be enough room to walk and bike," he said. "Township crossing guards will staff all six intersections."

Construction on the Route 35 project will be halted on holiday weekends.

"On Memorial Day weekend, they will stop work on Thursday and pick up again on Tuesday," Ducey said. "There will be one lane of traffic, with no physical work going on. It's going to be difficult."

Ducey said he and several council members met with DOT representatives on Friday and asked that the state do a presentation on the Route 35 project for the Federation.

"They agreed to do it," he said.

The $260 million project involves the reconstruction of a 12 mile-long Sandy-damaged stretch from Bay Head to the South Seaside Park section of Berkeley Township.

The new highway will be 24 inches thick, including asphalt pavement and the stabilizing sub-base materials. That represents an improvement over the current highway, the northern portion of which mainly consists of concrete slabs laid directly over sand.

The highway will also include significant drainage improvements. The road will be contoured so water will drain into inlets on either side. An electrical pumping system will then collect the rainwater, purify it by removing suspended solids, then pump it into Barnegat Bay.



anthony esposito March 19, 2014 at 06:39 PM
I dont give a damn about 24 inches of concrete. Getting to and from my home is a nightmare. No one will come to the shore this year. They are forcing us to abandon our homes. Idiots
J.JONES March 19, 2014 at 07:14 PM
This could be a good and bad situation ..good because less traffic for locals to enjoy the beaches --And bad much less revenue to help keep taxes lower..
they can do that March 19, 2014 at 07:35 PM
Weren't they going to stop the construction before memorial day weekend and resume it after labor day weekend? The guv delayed the start of this project from before the summer last year until after labor day. The polar bear plunge traffic will pale compared to the traffic that is coming on any nice day.
Just saying March 19, 2014 at 09:53 PM
Chief wahoo , your just another 'barrier island' resident that wants everything done with the snap of a finger but doesn't want to be inconvenienced !! Bitching about taxes, no one forced you to buy your expensive shore home and expect to only pay taxes as if it was in lake riv. when it's worth 10 times more.. That's how it's taxed, on value !!

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