Route 72 Resurfacing Project to Begin Later This Month

Jun 14, 2017

An $8.6 million federally funded road resurfacing project in Stafford Township, which encompasses six miles of Route 72 east and west, isn’t expected to impact the flow of traffic to Long Beach Island this summer.

State Department of Transportation officials said the project isn’t related to the $350 million Route 72/Manahawkin Bay Bridge project. The road resurfacing will take place in two three-mile segments of the state highway, transportation officials reported.

Resurfacing will occur on the east- and westbound lanes of Route 72 from Ash Road to the Garden State Parkway entrance, according to Daniel Triana, DOT public information officer. The second three-mile section will run from Stafford Square Mall to Marsha Drive, located at the base of the bridge.

The project was slated to begin June 12 but was pushed off until later this month. It will begin with shoulder work in both directions of the state highway at Ash Road and move eastward toward the Garden State Parkway. It calls for overnight lane closures, but that isn’t expected to begin until right after Labor Day, according to Triana.

He said the closures will be Monday through Thursday from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., and no permanent closures are planned. Public notice will be given in advance of any lane closure, he added.

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, 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, Shop Rite 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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