STAFFORD – Summer is upon us and the NJ Department of Transportation announced on Friday, June 1 that driving to and from Long Beach Island is going to be difficult with ongoing road construction on Route 72 and on the Manahawkin Bay Bridge.

A temporary single lane closure of Route 72 will begin at 7 a.m. on Monday, June 4th for approximately three weeks, according to the New Jersey Department of Transportation. The lanes are schedule to close to help stabilize slopes near the West Thorofare Bridge.

Kevin Israel with the state DOT reports that the working hours of the lane closures will be from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and the lane closure will be in place all day and all night.  The contractor for this work is the Schiavone Construction Company.  

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To be ready for weekend traffic, all lanes will be open in both directions by 9 p.m. on Thursday nights.

Construction workers will be installing steel sheeting to stabilize the slopes around the west abutment to the West Thorofare Bridge between Cedar Bonnet Island and Bonnet Island in Stafford, according to the Department of Transporation. The work will be very loud and residents who live nearby should be aware of this.

The Route 72 Manahawkin Bay Bridge project is expected to be complete in 2020.  Area police departments were sending out text notices all weekend to area residents warning them to expect heavy delays at times during these three weeks.

Residents can visit the NJDOT`s traffic website for construction updates and real time travel information.