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Traffic Alert: Route 71 Resurfacing Resumes

If traveling near the shore out of the Rumson-Fair Haven area, you could be affected by the NJDOT project

If you're traveling south, you may need to alter your route. The New Jersey Department of Transportation's (NJDOT) Route 71 resurfacing project has resumed today, with construction beginning in Deal.

The project began this March in Sea Girt and continued through Avon-by-the-Sea before shutting down for the summer.

"The (NJDOT) restricts construction on shore routes in the summer, which could impact local businesses and residents during the important tourist season," a release from the NJDOT states.

The remainder of the project will encompass approximately 6.2 miles of construction on Route 71 just north of Darlington Road (milepost 10.5) in Deal through Ocean Township, Long Branch, West Long Branch and Oceanport to the northern terminus of the highway at Route 35 (milepost 16.7) in Eatontown.

This work is expected to continue through the winter into early-spring 2013.

NJDOT said Route 71 carries one travel lane in each direction with outside shoulders of varying width through the project limits. 

"NJDOT will maintain one lane in each direction during daytime hours, with traffic shifts utilizing the existing shoulders," the release states. "Resurfacing operations will require overnight single lane closures on Route 71 with alternating traffic patterns between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following day."

New image detection cameras will be installed at certain intersections to replace the existing detectors. The cameras are linked to traffic signals to help make traffic flow better for vehicles that wish to enter or cross Route 71.

Upgraded curbing, ADA-compliant curb ramps, roadway striping and guide rail will also be constructed along the road.

JosephGhabourLaw September 10, 2012 at 04:54 PM
With state, county, and municipal road work it is required that plans are filed, detailing how traffic will be detoured, and access to homes and businesses maintained. We've dealt with residents who were ticketed, simply trying to go home. Don't tolerate such a situation, stand up for your rights should this happen to you. Obey the law, and be courteous to the officer who stops you. However, be sure to quickly document the situation, with photos if possible, to challenge any ticket issued.

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