Starting Monday night, Sept. 9, crews are scheduled to begin a series of full overnight closures of Route 9 northbound and Route 166 southbound for concrete demolition of the existing Parkway bridge decks running over the state highways.
The work will be performed by George Harms Construction, officials said.
The state Department of Transportation is reconstructing the bridges over Routes 9 and 166 as part of a $350 million project to restore full-width shoulders and make other important safety improvements between milepost 83 in Toms River, Ocean County, and milepost 100 in Wall Township, Monmouth County.
Construction began in February and is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.
- Route 9 southbound motorists destined for Route 166 will be directed to use Indian Head Road to Connector Road to Route 166.
- Route 9 southbound access to the ramp for the GSP will be maintained.
- Route 166 northbound motorists destined for Route 9 northbound will be directed to use Connector Road to Indian Head Road to Route 9 northbound.
- NJTA will be utilizing variable message signs to help motorists navigate the detours and Toms River police will assist in traffic management.
Route 9 merges with the Garden State Parkway for approximately 3.5 miles in Toms River, between Exits 80 and 83. The bridges being worked on are located at Exit 83.
Route 166 northbound turns into Route 9 northbound at this location, while Route 9 southbound becomes Route 166 southbound directly north of it (motorists enter the GSP to remain on Route 9 southbound).