Lakewood Township Prepares for Major Route 9 Upgrade Project

Lakewood Township has begun preparations for a major Route 9 project, which recently received key approvals from the NJ Department of Transportation, which is expected to relieve some of the congestion that is commonplace along the busy corridor.

According to Township officials, some infrastructural moves have begun to assist the State before it gets started on the project, including some pipework and general, invisible improvements to the roadway.

Included in the project are plans to repave the entire Route 9 from 2nd Street all the way into Toms River, adding traffic signals and sidewalks, and creating new turning lanes.

As previously reported on TLS, Lakewood Township had asked residents and businesses along the Route 9 corridor to donate land to the township so that the project could move ahead.

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  1. More turning lanes will definitely help. The bridge over the lake should have two lanes besides a turning lane because that causes a bottle neck at Main St.

  2. Its going to make driving on Route 9 a nightmare for years. Its never an easy project but how do you do that without disrupting the flow now. The state can not afford to widen route 9 from 2nd to toms river w/o taking many of the houses that are there for eminent domain. You will all be living on a larger lane with no shoulders. Good Luck for the next 10 years out there. if that happens

  3. Repaving will only block it further, and would simply eliminate US 9 as a travel route, altogether.
    This is like having a shul with not enough seats, and deciding to start numbering them. How, exactly, would that add space?
    It seems that the only accomplishment, aside from wasting taxpayers’ money, would be “creating” unnecessary jobs, and “fixing” the infrastructure that needs to upgraded, instead. It’s not even a temporary solution.
    How much of that trillion is going to be spent in the same way, elsewhere? Don’t answer; it’s obvious.

  4. Just take the bad drivers off the road that happen to use route 9 and maybe that will ameliorate the route 9 congestion issues, Biezrat Hashem. A wonderful Shabbat to all.

  5. Our congressman, Chris Smith, voted in favor of the Infrastructure Bill, which gives a lot of federal funds to rebuild New Jersey roads, highways etc.

    Why can’t some of it be allocated towards widening Rt. 9 properly??
    (not this cop-out intersection widening plan)

    NJDOT excuse for not widening RT. 9 was that NJDOT doesn’t have “sufficient resources.”

    WELL NOW YOU DO!!!!!

  6. It’s 25 years too late. Rt 9 Lakewood should have been widened when old Bridge and other areas were widened. Before the south side was built to the side of the current rt 9. There was once a talk of an elevated train going down the entire rt 9 to old Bridge. It may be the only option left. Or an elevated expressway to get the bottle neck out of the exhibit entire Lakewood area. Also time for the state to widen rt 9 south from rt 70 and on. What are they waiting for.

  7. i recall that the county came out last year against this project, as it did not include any widening of the road. What happened suddenly? The project is back on? Or are they working on a new and improved plan? It’s important that the township speak up and be transparent with us, instead of doing all its communicating with the state and county hush hush. why does everything have to always be a big secret? We also expect our beloved State Senator to be actively involved with this project, as he’s our only voice in Trenton!

  8. i looked at the plans , half the money goes towards “repaving” Route 9. I don’t understand how a freshly paved road is the solution to our traffic woes!

  9. what’s currently being proposed is totally יצא שכרו בהפסדו!! Repaving and adding an extra turning lane will not solve anything, we’ll only sit longer traffic when the y completely shut down the road to do their work. . Anyone who really cares should call reach out to our mayor/ committeemen and tell them that this will not benefit us! my deepest apologies to the paving company who was lined up and waiting to pocket the cash! Wake up Yidden!

  10. The only solution for route 9 is to build an elevated expressway over Route 9 from central to route 70. This is how cities increase traffic flow. This would cost far less than widening the 9 & would allow drivers who are just passing through lakewood to quickly get through without jamming the roads. The entrance of the expressway could be built over the lake & not get in the way of existing infrastructure. Please bring this up with our local officials if you are reading this.

  11. How in the world does repaving help the traffic issues on the 9?!! Is this a joke. Would love to hear a response. If you’re repaving at least repave streets that desperately need it such as arlington ave or even pine street which in a year or 2 will need a full repaving and then they won’t do it for 10 years!!

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