Route 72’s Doc Cramer Jughandle Closed Overnight as East Road Project Advances

Overnight Detour in Effect Two Weeks
By Victoria Ford | Jan 14, 2020

Stafford Township, NJ — As of this week, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. each night for approximately two weeks, New Jersey Natural Gas will close and detour the Route 72 westbound jughandle to Doc Cramer Boulevard for a gas main installation as the Route 72 East Road project advances. Motorists traveling on Route 72 westbound wishing to exit at Doc Cramer Boulevard will be directed to exit near the Stafford Square shopping center:

Make a U-turn using the jughandle after West Street to Route 72 eastbound; take Route 72 eastbound; turn right onto General Grier Drive; turn right onto McKinley Avenue; continue on McKinley Avenue until it intersects with Doc Cramer Road.

The federally funded Route 72 East Road project, now estimated at $11.6 million ($3 million more than estimated in 2018), will provide highway and signal intersection improvements to address congestion and safety concerns. The project was originally expected to be done by the end of 2019.

Improvements are scheduled to include the addition of a 10-foot shoulder in each direction on Route 72 between the Garden State Parkway and the Stafford Square Shopping Center, median widening and new barrier curbs, plus new traffic signals and roadway improvements at two Route 72 intersections – Roosevelt Boulevard and Doc Cramer Boulevard.

There will be a new culvert and a revised jughandle circling a water basin from Route 72 westbound to a relocated East Road (East Road is being moved approximately 200 feet east from its current location). Two new storm water basins will be constructed farther down on Route 72 westbound. West Road will be relocated east from its current location between McDonald’s and Mr. Tire to a new site between Element Restaurant and Starboard Plaza. Washington Road, located parallel to Route 72, will end at the new West Road.

Construction is expected to be completed in late 2020. The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website 511.org for construction updates and real-time travel information. For NJDOT news, follow @NJDOT_info on Twitter or the NJDOT Facebook page. —V.F.

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