Drivers traveling from the barrier island into mainland Toms River should give themselves extra time Monday through Thursday for the next few weeks because the RT 37 bridge westbound will be down to one lane as the NJ Department of Transportation contractors will be making deck repairs on the bridge.

Beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, October 3 until 4 p.m. Thursday, October 6, and continuing each week, Monday through Thursday for a few weeks, NJDOT’s contractor, PKF Mark III, Inc., is scheduled to close one lane on the Route 37 westbound Tunney Bridge for bridge deck repairs. In addition, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day Monday through Thursday, a second lane will be closed. At least one lane will be maintained at all times. Route 37 eastbound Mathis Bridge traffic will not be affected. The work is expected to be completed by the end of October.

This work is part of a $9.6 million statewide Drawbridge Preventative Maintenance Contract. Variable messaging signs are being utilized to provide advance notification to the motoring public of all traffic pattern changes associated with the work.

The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website www.511nj.org for construction updates and real-time travel information and for NJDOT news follow us on Twitter @NewJerseyDOT or on the NJDOT Facebook page.

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