Night Shift: Route 72 Roadwork Slated to Begin July 5

Jul 03, 2017

Preliminary work on the Route 72 resurfacing project is slated to start overnight July 5 on both sides of the state highway and the median beginning at Stafford Square Mall and moving east toward Marsha Drive.

Last month, state Department of Transportation officials announced the $8.6 million project would start before the Fourth of the July and begin on the east- and west-bound lanes of Route 72 from Ash Road to the Garden State Parkway entrance. There was no explanation for the delay or change in the project’s starting point.

The advance surveying and electrical work prior to the resurfacing is not expected to have impacts on any of the state highway’s travel lanes, said Daniel Triana, DOT public information officer.

“Overnight milling and paving is scheduled to start in September with all travel lanes maintained during the morning and evening commutes,” he said, noting the DOT will provide advance notification of any traffic pattern changes associated with the resurfacing project.

The roadwork isn’t related to the $350 million Route 72/Manahawkin Bay Bridge project. The road resurfacing will take place in two 3-mile segments of the state highway.

Additionally, the project includes making minor repairs to the bridge deck over Mill Creek, upgrading nine signalized intersections and installing Americans With Disabilities Act curb ramps and guardrails, Triana said. The safety improvements include upgrading pedestrian push buttons and countdown heads, and replacing current 8-inch traffic signals with new 12-inch LED traffic light heads, he said.

The intersections receiving the upgrades as part of the Route 72 resurfacing project are: Ivy Road, Neptune Drive, Breakers Drive, Mermaid Drive, Nautilus Drive, Stafford Park Boulevard, ShopRite jughandle, Jennings Road and Mill Creek Road.

The project is expected to be completed by early 2018, Triana said. —G.G.S.

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