An eight mile span of Route 9 in Howell and Freehold will be resurfaced this summer.
The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) announced yesterday that the $6.2 million project will run in both directions from the vicinity of Alexander Avenue in Howell Township to just south of Route 79 in Freehold Township. Both directions will have a new surface course of asphalt pavement between mileposts 103.4 and 112.2 through Howell and Freehold.
According to a press release issued by the NJDOT, Earle Asphalt Inc., NJDOT's contractor, is scheduled to start preliminary construction activities, including site mobilization and sign installation, this week. This work will require the shoulder to be closed in these areas.
During the first stage of construction, new image detection cameras will be installed at certain intersections to replace the existing, underground loop detectors. These cameras are linked to traffic signals and help maximize the capacity of Route 9. They detect vehicles waiting to enter or cross Route 9 and activate a signal sequence. Geometric revisions and pedestrian safety improvements, including ADA-compliant ramps, are also planned at the intersection with Strickland Road in Howell.
NJDOT further explained that work requiring single-lane closures will be performed at night in order to minimize traffic impacts on Route 9, a heavily traveled north south corridor.
“NJDOT is committed to improving our state’s aging infrastructure and providing safe travel for all motorists,” Transportation Commissioner James Simpson said. “This much-needed resurfacing of Route 9 in Monmouth County will provide a smoother ride and improve safety.”
To further keep the roads easy to navigate, NJDOT explained in their press release that they will maintain all travel lanes on Route 9 between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, though traffic shifts may be necessary. NJDOT also mentioned that access to all businesses and residences along the state highway will be maintained throughout construction.
The resurfacing project will begin in early summer and is expected to be completed by the fall; however, the precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. Upgraded signage, curbing, roadway striping and guide rail will also be provided throughout the project limits. Dynamic message signs will notify motorists of upcoming traffic pattern changes.
Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT's traffic information website www.511nj.org real time travel information.