BELMAR, NJ — Seventh Avenue between Route 35 and Main Street in Belmar is closed for a weeklong railroad crossing rehabilitation project, expected to be completed by Wednesday, May 20. 

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 for five weekdays, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through May 20. While there will be local access for residents and businesses, traffic will be detoured to 10th Avenue as detailed below:

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Seventh Avenue eastbound detour:

  • Motorists traveling on Route 35/River Road wishing to turn onto Seventh Avenue will be directed to turn onto 10th Avenue.
  • Turn left onto Main Street back to Seventh Avenue.

Seventh Avenue westbound detour:

  • Motorists traveling westbound on Seventh 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 will be coordinated with the Belmar Police Department. The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. Visit 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. Last month, DOT completed a similar project at the railroad crossing on Eighth Avenue between Main Street and Route 35.

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