No more blinking lights.
A tell-tale sign the off-season is ending, the barrier island traffic lights along Route 35 reverted back to normal today.
The barrier island communities of Ocean Beach, Normandy Beach, Lavallette and Ortley Beach are back to red, amber and green timed lights along the state road of Route 35 north and south.
Overseen by the state Department of Transportation, the agency switches the traffic lights to blinking during the winter and then switches them back to normal as traffic begins to build in April. It's usually the same time each year, said DOT Spokesperson Timothy Greeley.
The management of the off-season traffic also means the DOT takes advantage of the downtime by scheduling construction during the winter. However, Greeley said the tourist-traveling roads' construction schedules halt as visitors return.
For example, Route 37 bridge construction is scheduled to halt before May 15, as that's the DOT window for projects affecting tourist traffic, Greeley said.