TOMS RIVER (NJ.com) – Traffic cones, traffic barrels and traffic signs littered the streets from Bay Head to Berkeley this winter as contractors hired by the New Jersey Department of Transportation undertook a $265-million project to repair and rebuild a main north-south artery in the Ocean County peninsula, which had been chewed apart by the October 2012 storm.
The state largely suspended construction for the summer to restore all regular travel lanes on Route 35, though officials said work would continue on some side streets and by utility crews on the northbound shoulder in between Lavallette and Brick.
DOT spokesman Steve Schapiro said the work that has been frustrating was being done by New Jersey Natural Gas. Michael Kinney, a spokesman for New Jersey Natural Gas, said the company was working under the state’s direction and timetable.
Schapiro said the work had to be completed before the height of the hurricane season this fall and he said state is working with the gas company to minimize disruptions as best as possible. The state’s contractors and New Jersey Natural Gas cannot work on the the same section of the roadway at the same time, Schapiro said.