STAFFORD – Drainage work is ongoing that began this morning, Friday, as the NJ DOT construction project continues on the work needed for intersection and roadway improvements at East Road.

The shoulder will be closed between the Garden State Parkway and the Stafford Square Shopping Center for the creation of the work zone.

The shoulder will be closed for the duration of the project. Daily lane closues are expected.  Motorists should prepare for daily lane closures.

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The $8.6 million federally funded project will provide highway and signal intersection improvements that will east congestion and safety concerns.

Construction began in the fall and is expected to be completed in late 2019.

The project will provide highway and signal intersection improvements to address congestion and safety concerns.

Improvements are scheduled to include the addition of a 10-foot shoulder in each direction on Route 72 between the Garden State Parkway and the Stafford Square Shopping Center, median widening, new barrier curbs, plus new traffic signals and roadway improvements at two Route 72 intersections - Roosevelt Boulevard and Doc Cramer Boulevard. 

There will be a new culvert and a revised jug handle circling a water basin from Route 72 westbound to a relocated East Road (East Road is being moved approximately 200 feet east from its current location), two new storm water basins will be constructed further down on Route 72 westbound, and West Road will be relocated east from its current location between McDonalds and Mr. Tire to a new location between Element Restaurant and Starboard Plaza. Washington Road, located parallel to Route 72 will end at the new West Road.