Route 166 Closures Expected Thursday Night

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  TOMS RIVER – A section of Route 166 will be closed as a concrete barrier will be removed as part of the improvements to the intersection with Route 37.

  Both directions of Route 166 will be closed between Route 37 and Mapletree Road to remove the remaining concrete barrier near the intersection with Old Freehold Road, according to a press release from the New Jersey Department of Transportation. The closure will take place from 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, until 6 a.m. on Friday, April 26.

  The following detour will be in place for northbound drivers during that time:

  • Take Route 37 east
  • Go past Hooper Avenue and stay right following signs to CR549/Hooper Avenue north via the Lowell Avenue exit
  • From Lowell Avenue turn right onto Terrace Avenue
  • Turn right onto Hooper Avenue
  • Stay right to take the jughandle for Edken Avenue/Walnut Street
  • Turn left at the stop sign at Edken Avenue, which becomes Walnut Street
  • Take Walnut Street and turn right on Old Freehold Road
  • Turn left on Mapletree to Route 166

  The following detour will be in place for southbound drivers during that time:

  • Turn left on Mapletree Road
  • Turn right on Hooper Avenue
  • Turn right on Route 37 west to Route 166

  The work, which had begun in March of 2016, according to the state, has been a long-running project that has severely impacted local businesses and drivers. The $11.7 million project was expected to be finished before Memorial Day.

  The project details are subject to change due to factors such as weather. For up to date information, visit