Another Federally Funded Road Project Coming to Route 72

By Gina G. Scala | Aug 28, 2019

Stafford Township — Motorists can expect more traffic pattern shifts along portions of Route 72, west of Southern Ocean Medical Center. It’s part of a $4.6 million federally funded project that began earlier this month with nighttime lane closures and alternating traffic in Woodland Township, Burlington County.

Once the work in Woodland Township is complete, Asphalt Paving Systems, the state Department of Transportation’s contractor for the project, will focus on Route 72 between Ash Road in Stafford Township and Stevens Road in Barnegat Township, state Department of Transportation officials said recently.

Currently, Asphalt Paving Systems is closing a segment of Route 72 eastbound between Four-Mile Circle and Savoy Boulevard in Woodland Township, and setting up alternate traffic to apply slurry seal. Slurry seal is an application that’s part water, asphalt emulsion, aggregate, and additives, such as polymer. It’s used to extend pavement life, improve safety and enhance ride quality for motorists.

The nighttime closures in Woodland Township are daily from 8 p.m. through 6 a.m. the following day, Monday through Thursday. All lanes are opened to traffic by 6 a.m., according to the DOT. Transportation officials haven’t said whether the same lane closures would be implemented in Stafford and Barnegat townships.

The federally funded project is expected to reduce future maintenance costs, DOT officials said. The work is slated to be completed by next fall. The precise nature and timing of the work are subject to change due to weather or other factors. Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website for real-time travel information; for NJDOT news, follow on Twitter @NJDOT_info or on the NJDOT Facebook page. —G.G.S.

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