BELMAR, NJ — Eighth Avenue between Route 35 and Main Street in Belmar is closed on weekdays for a railroad crossing rehabilitation project, which is expected to be completed by Wednesday, May 6.

The project involves replacing the existing railroad crossing with a new concrete structure, as well as putting in new asphalt approaches for a safer and smoother railroad crossing, according to state Department of Transportation (DOT) officials.

Work is expected to continue daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through May 6, excluding the weekend. While there is local access for residents and businesses, traffic is being detoured to 10th Avenue as detailed below:

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  • Eighth Avenue eastbound detour
    • Motorists traveling on Route 35/River Road wishing to turn onto Eighth Avenue will be directed to turn onto 10th Avenue.
    • Turn left onto Main Street back to Eighth Avenue.
  • Eighth Avenue westbound detour
    • Motorists traveling westbound on Eighth Avenue wishing to continue to Route 35/River Road will be directed to turn left onto Main Street.
    • Turn right onto 10th Avenue.
    • Turn right onto Route 35/River Road.

The traffic detours is being coordinated with the Belmar Police Department. The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. Visit www.511nj.org for real-time travel information on the project’s status.

This federally funded project is part of DOT’s railroad grade-crossing safety program under which 30 crossings are repaired, upgraded or replaced each year throughout the state. It is not connected with a state DOT proposal to move the designated crosswalk in front of the Belmar senior building closer to Main Street in an effort to improve pedestrian safety, according to borough officials. 

In September 2019, DOT presented borough officials with that plan — three months after a resident of the Belmar senior building was critically injured when she was struck by a vehicle while walking in the crosswalk, adjacent to the NJ Transit railroad tracks.

READ MORE:

Three Months after Near-Fatal Crash in Belmar: State Unveils Plan Aimed at Improving Pedestrian Safety on Eighth Avenue

 

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