WARETOWN – Road construction has become a common occurrence in Ocean County. Another long term project began Friday and won’t be completed until sometime next year.
Work to replace the structurally deficient Waretown Creek Bridge has moved onto the next phase of the process, according to the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
The plan is to do the construction in stages to keep traffic moving and minimize possible tie ups.
Officials at the NJDOT said Route 9 northbound will be closed and detoured and Route 9 southbound will be shifted to the shoulder.
Detours will be in place for cars and trucks. Earle Asphalt, the contractor commissioned to complete the work, closed Route 9 northbound from Bryant Road to Memorial Drive and shifted Route 9 southbound traffic to the shoulder.
Route 9 in this section is one lane in each direction.
The construction crews will demolish the east side of the bridge while constructing a new span. The cost of the project is around $3.1 million dollars that will be paid for using federal funds.
The NJDOT issued a press release with all the detours posted, stating the work and the configuration would be in effect until spring of 2019.
The following is a list of the detours for both cars and trucks:
Route 9 northbound detour
· Motorists traveling Route 9 northbound will be directed to turn right onto Bryant Road
· Turn left onto CR 613/Main Street
· Turn left onto Lighthouse Drive back to Route 9
Route 9 northbound truck detour
· Trucks traveling Route 9 northbound will be directed to turn left onto CR 554/West Bay Avenue
· Take the Garden State Parkway north to Exit 74 – CR 614/Lacey Road
· Turn right onto CR 614/Lacey Road and follow to Route 9
· There will be no tolls collected between these specific interchanges traveling northbound
Drivers can get more details about traffic information at 511nj.org.