Route 9 Bridge Project Prompts Lane Closure, Detour in Waretown

Sep 21, 2018

A traffic shift on Route 9 in Waretown is expected to last until spring as state Department of Transportation contractors demolish the east side of the Waretown Creek Bridge and reconstruct a new one, according to state transportation officials.

Earle Asphalt, DOT contractor for the project, began lane closures on Route 9 north Sept. 21 and shifting the southbound traffic to the shoulder. There are separate detours in place for cars and trucks, transportation officials said. The closure and detour impact the state highway between Bryant Road and Memorial Drive.

The detour will take cars traveling north on Route 9 onto Bryant Avenue, a left onto Route 613/Main Street and another left onto Lighthouse Drive back to Route 9, state transportation officials said.

Truck drivers can expect to be directed to turn left onto Route 554/West Bay Avenue before taking the Garden State Parkway to exit 74 – Route 614/Lacey Road. At the end of the exit ramp, turn right and follow the roadway to Route 9. There are no tolls collected between the Parkway interchanges while traveling northbound.

The $3.1 million federally funded project will replace the structurally deficient bridge located between Bryant Road and Birdsall Street in Waretown. The project is advancing in stages to minimize the disruption to traffic. Construction on the west side of the bridge is expected to begin in the spring of 2019 and be completed by summer 2019. Two-way traffic will be maintained on Route 9 during this stage of construction.

The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. Motorists are encouraged to check the DOT's traffic information website for construction updates and real-time travel information, and for DOT news, Twitter @NJDOT_info. —G.G.S.


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