Lane Shift & Road Closure Expected For Continuing Route 166 Work

Photo courtesy Ocean County Scanner News

TOMS RIVER – Motorists should expect to see a lane shift on Route 166 and the closure of James Street beginning at 10 p.m. on Sept. 20 as work on the Route 166 intersection safety improvements project continues.

According to New Jersey Department of Transportation, contractor New Prince Concrete will be shifting traffic to the newly completed southbound lanes on Route 166, north of the intersection with Route 37 to make room for construction on the northbound side.

One lane will be maintained in each direction.

James Street will also be closed, with the following detour set up:

  • Motorists traveling on Route 166 should continue north on Old Freehold Road
  • Turn right on Walnut Street
  • Turn right on Park Crest Road
  • Turn left to continue on James Street

The traffic shift will be in place until later this fall. Signs will be posted to notify motorists of changes in traffic patterns.

The Route 166 intersection safety improvements project is a $11.7 million state-funded project that plans to upgrade the intersection of Route 166 with Route 37.

The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. Motorists can visit for information and updates.