TRENTON, NJ — Main Street in Asbury Park will be placed on what the state Department of Transportation calls a “road diet.”

As part of a two-year road improvement project that started this week in Allenhurst, a new striping plan along Main Street in Asbury Park will entail trimming the number of travel lanes to one in each direction with a center turn-lane. Currently, Route 71/Main Street does not include dedicated left-turn lanes, which can lead to congestion, difficulty in making left turns and a greater risk for crashes, according to the DOT.

However, that work will not begin until later in the project, which will be completed in phases along the two-mile stretch of roadway. Beginning this week, temporary lane and shoulder closures are planned from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, on Main Street/Route 71, beginning in Allenhurst at Cedar Avenue and continuing through Loch Arbour.

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The work by New Prince Concrete Construction Co. of Hackensack will stop on May 15 for the summer and resume on September 15 in Asbury Park with the relocation of overhead utilities. In addition, Main Street will be resurfaced, 17 new traffic lights will be installed and 29 intersections will be upgraded with ADA-compliant ramps.

The project also calls for bicycle lanes, the replacement of steel utility poles with standard wooden poles, landscape restoration, utility relocation and improved lighting to enhance the road’s safety.

The project is expected to be completed by spring 2020, said DOT officials.

The 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 real-time travel information and for DOT news, follow Twitter at @NJDOT_info.

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