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Route 9 Lanes to Close Overnight for Parkway Deck Repairs

Closures expected through Oct. 26

Route 9 lane closures begin tonight for parkway deck repairs under mile 83.

The bridge deck repairs over Routes 9 and 166 for Garden State Parkway mile 83 will shutter portions of the highway overnight starting Oct. 17. The lane closures are expected to continue through Oct. 26, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Construction crews will close lanes of Route 9 and 166 in Toms River starting at 9 p.m. tonight.

Both north and southbound traffic underneath the overpasses that make up Exit 83 will be affected. The undersides of the bridges need work, and the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and DOT will close lanes to make repairs, DOT spokesperson Timothy Greeley said.

Drivers should note construction crews and traffic cones in the area, with a traffic merge on portions of Route 9 and 166 near the ramps to Exit 83 by Briar Knoll and Route 571 in Toms River.

NJTA’s contractor, I.E.W., will work on one of the existing two travel lanes on Route 9 northbound and Route 166 southbound at a time, Greeley said.

The single lane-closures will take place from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning and are scheduled to continue each weeknight through Friday, Oct. 26.  No lane closures are anticipated over the weekend.

Greeley said the work is part of an ongoing $6 million Turnpike Authority bridge repair project is expected to be complete in December.

Exit 83 was recently reconfigured to add Lomell Lane and a Route 571 access road, but the older adjacent overpasses need repair. Specifically, crews will work on the underside of the decks, Greeley said.

However, a NJTA project planned for miles 83-100 will eventually see crews at work on the bridges again to widen the shoulders of the parkway, and adjacent overpasses would be rebuilt as part of the project, which is unrelated to the repairs that start this week.

Greeley said 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.

Martin October 17, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Build a southbound exit while you're spending our money, GSP.
Linda Applegate October 17, 2012 at 02:44 PM
I agree with that. People in that area have to either get off in Bricktown or go farther into Toms River and then backtrack.
Random Poster October 17, 2012 at 08:11 PM
i think i heard that a southbound (TR/rt571/exit 83) exit was in the works in the master $6mill plan.....
copperpot October 18, 2012 at 12:06 PM
if you get off in tomsr river, you can get right back on parkway north and get off at exit 83. the option is there so they won't ever build one.
Lenny October 18, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Does anyone knkow what the traffic light is for at the intersection of Todd Rd and Church Rd?? about 200 ft west of the GSP overpass and the light by North Bay?? They installed it about a week ago.
Martin October 18, 2012 at 06:01 PM
It's for the political cronies who live in the Todd Rd. area. Nearly $1,000,000 of taxpayer money for another pet project of the mayor and council, while more important needs are ignored. Typical!
Project Bluebeam October 18, 2012 at 11:31 PM
I guess Yankee fans will have to find another overpass to jump from.
Lenny October 22, 2012 at 08:24 PM
I pass Todd Rd twice a day, morning and late afternoon for the last 5 years. Never saw more than 2 cars come out of there in all that time. And they need a traffic light there????? Isn't that stupid ballfield on North Bay enough of a waste of money?? plus ripping out all the woods and shade?? All I ever see over thare are people strolling around on the path and kids playing on the swings. Let's see if they leave all those lights on all winter. Yet I get a ticket for riding a dirbike in there years ago. I was a real criminal !!
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