Work on Much-Anticipated Route 72 East Road Project Begins This Week

Daily Lane and Shoulder Closures Scheduled
Sep 09, 2018

Approximately 1 mile on Route 72, between the Parkway and Stafford Square Shopping Center, in both directions, will be affected daily for the next few months by shoulder closures during intersection and roadway improvements, New Jersey Department of Transportation officials announced last Friday.

Daily from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., beginning Monday, Sept. 10, the DOT’s contractor, Earle Asphalt Co., is scheduled to temporarily close a left or right lane on Route 72 to create a work zone for drainage work.

Work on the $8.6 million federally funded Route 72 East Road project is expected to begin preliminary construction now, with the majority of construction starting later this fall. Construction is expected to be completed in late 2019.

The project will provide highway and signal intersection improvements to address congestion and safety concerns. Improvements are scheduled to include the addition of a 10-foot shoulder in each direction on Route 72 between the Garden State Parkway and the Stafford Square Shopping Center, median widening, new barrier curbs and new traffic signals and roadway improvements at two Route 72 intersections – Roosevelt Boulevard and Doc Cramer Boulevard.

There will be a new culvert and a revised jughandle circling a water basin from Route 72 westbound to a relocated East Road (East Road is being moved approximately 200 feet east from its current location); two new stormwater basins will be constructed farther down on Route 72 westbound; and West Road will be relocated east from its current location between McDonald’s and Mr. Tire to a new location between Element Restaurant and Starboard Plaza. Washington Road, located parallel to Route 72, will end at the new West Road.

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. —V.F.

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