Before diving into this list, I do want to make a few things clear - I understand that construction is a necessary evil. I understand that construction is inconvenient. I understand that there really aren't any particularly good places for long term road work.

But, that all being said, here are my picks for the 5 worst places in Ocean County for construction:

  • 1

    Route 166 & 37 Intersection

    The work stretching between Old Freehold Road and beyond Highland Parkway has reached the point of absurdity.

    There's been a set of lights that still sit covered at Highland Parkway and Main Street for literally months now. Traffic can get backed up all the way down Main Street, almost to Washington Street on the worst days.

    I can tell you that both business operators and shoppers at the Route 37 Plaza aren't happy about it either.

    So when will it be completed?

    Good question. But if you'd like to tell officials that enough is enough, you can write to state representatives to express your displeasure.

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  • 2

    Mathis Bridge

    This is another one that's felt like it's been going on for an eternity, as traffic going eastbound over the Mathis Bridge has been funneled over to the westbound side for what feels like a century.

    If that setup were to stretch into beach season it'll be a disaster.

    Thankfully, officials say that there is an end in sight, with "before Memorial Day" as the official timetable given for reopening the Mathis side of the span.

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  • 3

    Lakehurst Road

    This is another one that is just The Worst when squeezed by roadwork.

    As a main thoroughfare for drivers coming from and going to the Parkway at Exit 81, coming from and going to Route 37, and those coming and going from the hospital, traffic can get backed up well past Hospital Drive on the eastbound side and across the Parkway overpass on the westbound side.

    Driving during the morning and afternoon rushes on days that there's work on Lakehurst Road? Bring your patience with you!

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  • 4

    Garden State Parkway Exit 90

    Ok, this is one that is mercifully finished. But man did we have to suffer through it to get where we are today!

    The odyssey of Exit 90 literally stretches back years, having sucked in surrounding roads like a giant black hole swallowing up nearby stars and planets.

    From the Parkway itself, to Lanes Mill Road, Burrsville Road, and Burnt Tavern Road to name just a few, Brick commuters surely came up with some pretty creative profanities while waiting for the work to finish and the interchange to finally open.

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  • 5

    Anything Having To Do With Route 35

    It's one of those sentences that locals dread, "roadwork on Route 35..."

    Off-season, work on 35 is bad enough, especially where 35 merges down to one lane through Mantoloking, but during the summer? Forget about it!

    There have been plenty of times that I thought I was being smart by avoiding 37 and the bridge to get out of Seaside Heights just to find 35 no better.

    Again, this is one of those where there mercifully aren't any major projects going on at the moment, but when they do happen, good luck!

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