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State Receives $76 Million For Rt. 35 Reconstruction

The final portion of federal funding to quickly rebuild a stretch of Hurricane Sandy-damaged Route 35 in Ocean County was released on Friday.

$76 million in Federal Highway Administration funding will be available to ensure the quick completion of repairs and restore services along a 12-mile section of the state highway from Bayhead to Island Beach State Park according to a joint press release from U.S. Sens. Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez

This is in addition to $128 million in federal funds released in February reports the Star-Ledger.

Route 35 in Brick after Sandy
Route 35 in Brick after Sandy (David Matthau, Townsquare Media NJ)

“Superstorm Sandy badly damaged highways and roads throughout New Jersey, and this federal funding will help us take a critical next step toward rebuilding Route 35 so that it is stronger than ever,” said Lautenberg.

U.S. Congressmen Chris Smith and Jon Runyan also released a joint statement Friday.  Redesign plans for the new roadway include wider and safer berms, a much deeper substructure, and a newly designed drainage system.

“The new drainage system should prevent water from eroding the highway from beneath and also keep it off the highway surface, providing for a safer and stronger highway,” said Smith.

Six years of intermittent work will be completed in nearly 2½ years thanks to continuous construction. The project will be done in 2015.


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