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As the news was first broken here on FAA News, traffic-congestion relief to Lakewood and Toms River's Route 9 corridor is finally "nearby", as the New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT) has already begun their long-awaited Route 9 intersection widening project in Lakewood and Toms River.

The work began in September with nightly road closures for water main relocation work along both sides of Route 9 between Indian Hill Road and Church Road in Toms River. This section of the work is now complete.

Beginning tonight until 5 a.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, December 13, and continuing Monday through Friday nights for approximately three months, Route 9 is scheduled to be closed and detoured for water main relocation between Cox Cro Road and Church Road in Toms River.

All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. each day.

The following detours will be in place overnight each night:

Motorists on Route 9 southbound will be directed to turn right onto Cox Cro Road
Turn left onto Whitesville Road/CR 571
Turn left onto Stevens Road back to Route 9
Route 9 northbound between Church Road and Cox Cro Road detour:

Motorists on Route 9 northbound will be directed to turn right onto Church Road
Turn left onto Old Freehold Road
Turn left onto Cox Crow Road back to Route 9

The $48.5 million pavement preservation and congestion relief project will resurface approximately seven miles of Route 9 in both directions between Indian Head Road in Toms River and 2nd Street in Lakewood. The project will also widen eight signalized intersections and add two new signals at Oak Street and the Broadway/Chateau Drive intersections in Lakewood. At seven unsignalized intersections, left turn lanes will be added.

Pedestrian safety improvements include the installation of 1.6 miles of new sidewalks, reconstructing 5.9 miles of sidewalks, and the installation of hundreds of ADA-compliant ramps. At signalized intersections, pedestrian countdown heads, push buttons, and signage will be added or updated. Wider shoulders will be incorporated in certain areas to improve bicycle safety and guiderail will be updated. The project is scheduled to be completed Summer of 2025.

See full details about this major project here on FAA News.

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