A grassroots campaign is underway in Lavallette to address the possibility of Route 35 construction continuing next summer.
Earlier this week, the state Department of Transportation announced the closure of one Route 35 northbound lane between Ortley Beach and Lavallette to accommodate road work.
The work, which includes the installation of two water main lines, drainage pipes, and the reconstruction of a portion of the road, is expected to continue through the spring, according to New Jersey Department of Transportation Communication Director Steve Schapiro.
Schapiro, who acknowledges the construction’s impact on the area, said that no decisions on the summer work schedule have been made, and that is worrying local business owners.
The Lavallette Business Association, which successfully fought to stop construction during last summer, is once again working to get the state to say “no” to summer work by asking concerned citizens to sign petitions to Governor Chris Christie and NJDOT Commissioner Jamie Fox.
“Given the economic investment that the state and federal governments has made for recovery of the barrier island, LBA felt convinced then, as it does now,” the petition to Fox reads, “that construction during the summer months will destroy businesses, summer rentals and the economic base of our community on the barrier island. The considerations that LBA expressed in 2014 are unchanged.”