A heads up for Monmouth County drivers, the NJ DOT will be starting pavement work along stretches of Route 36 which will occasionally close lanes and overnight ramp detours between now and the end of the year.

The work, which will take place on weeknights between 8:00 pm and 6:00 am, starts tonight.

The NJDOT's contractor, Asphalt Paving Systems, is scheduled to close a single lane of Route 36 northbound Tuesday night into Wednesday morning this week for asphalt repair work, beginning at Bay Avenue in the Highlands, and moving north through Atlantic Highlands, Middletown, Keansburg, Hazlet and ending at Ocean Avenue in Union Beach.

Once Route 36 north is completed, The DOT says the construction will continue on Route 36 south moving from Ocean Avenue in Union Beach south to Bay Avenue in the Highlands.

At least one travel lane will be maintained in each direction at all times during construction.

The $6,000,000.00 federally-funded Route 36 pavement preservation project will include milling and paving of more than 20 ramps along the roadway and installing new bicycle-safe inlet grates and curbing at more than 100 locations.

Minor bridgework also will be done on Route 36 over Waackaack Creek and East Creek.

The NJ DOT says this work will extend pavement life and improve safety by slowing the rate of highway deterioration and allows them to reduce the backlog of pavement repairs with the available funding.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.

Construction signs will be put up while and where they work in order to provide advance notice of all traffic pattern changes associated with the pavement preservation project.

The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors.

You're encouraged to check NJDOT's traffic information website www.511nj.org for updates on the work.

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