WALL/HOWELL, NJ — The first phase of a major repaving project on I-195 between Route 9 in Howell and Route 34 in Wall has begun, according to the state Department of Transportation.

For about four months from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily, a single lane of traffic and shoulder will be closed, beginning eastbound and then moving to the westbound lanes to replace drainage inlets and make preliminary roadway repairs, the DOT said in a press release.

Beginning this spring, nighttime closures will be required to remove reflectors and for micro-milling — the last step before the repaving of the roadway and ramps begins.

The project, which is being undertaken by Wall-based Stavola Contracting, is scheduled to be completed in the fall.

The $7.5 million federally funded project is designed to preserve and extend the pavement life, improve safety and enhance ride quality for motorists on a 14-mile stretch of the interstate — a major artery into the Belmar/Lake Como area, particularly during the summer season.

The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. Motorists are encouraged to check DOT’s traffic information website www.511nj.org for construction updates and real-time travel information, and for DOT news can be found on Twitter @NewJerseyDOT or on the NJDOT Facebook page.


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