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Route 71 Resurfacing to Resume Today

Oceanport is among the towns affected by the ongoing NJDOT project.

The New Jersey Department of Transportation's (NJDOT) Route 71 resurfacing project will resume Monday with construction beginning in Deal.

The project began this March in Sea Girt and continued through Avon-by-the-Sea before shutting down for the summer.

"The (NJDOT) restricts construction on shore routes in the summer, which could impact local businesses and residents during the important tourist season," a release from the NJDOT states.

The remainder of the project will encompass approximately 6.2 miles of construction on Route 71 just north of Darlington Road (milepost 10.5) in Deal through Ocean Township, Long Branch, West Long Branch and Oceanport to the northern terminus of the highway at Route 35 (milepost 16.7) in Eatontown.

This work is expected to continue through the winter into early-spring 2013.

NJDOT said Route 71 carries one travel lane in each direction with outside shoulders of varying width through the project limits. 

"NJDOT will maintain one lane in each direction during daytime hours, with traffic shifts utilizing the existing shoulders," the release states. "Resurfacing operations will require overnight single lane closures on Route 71 with alternating traffic patterns between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following day."

New image detection cameras will be installed at certain intersections to replace the existing detectors. The cameras are linked to traffic signals to help make traffic flow better for vehicles that wish to enter or cross Route 71.

Upgraded curbing, ADA-compliant curb ramps, roadway striping and guide rail will also be constructed along the road.

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