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Road Closures: Normandy Rd., Laurel Ave. and Route 36

Laurel Avenue and sections of Highway 36 in Middletown will be closed during portions of the day.

Normandy Road

A section of Normandy Road in Middletown, between Oak Hill and Nut Swamp Roads, will be closed for paving work on Thursday, August 30 and Friday, August 31.  Navy traffic traveling between the Station inland and waterfront areas will be diverted to local roads during the closure.

No significant impact to local traffic is expected due to this temporary closure.

Laurel Avenue

JF Kiely will begin installation of a high-pressure gas main beginning Monday, August 27 on Laurel Avenue between Holland Road and Highway 35.

The roadway will be closed from 7ma.m. until 5 p.m. Closure is expected to be for a 3-4 week period dependent on weather and other factors.

Residents living off of Laurel Avenue will have access to their neighborhoods but all other traffic will be re-routed.

Route 36

Portions of Route 36 will be closed between 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Friday as Stavola Contracting Co. mills and paves Route 36.

Areas to be resurfaced include:

• Northbound from east of Miller Street in Highlands (milepost 11.8) through Atlantic Highlands and Middletown to the vicinity of Union Avenue in Hazlet/Union Beach (milepost 22.15). 
• Southbound from Naval Weapons Station Earle (milepost 17) in Middletown to east of Miller Street in Highlands (milepost 11.8).

Work requiring single-lane closures will be performed during overnight and off-peak hours in order to minimize traffic impacts on Route 36, according to a New Jersey Department of Transportation press release.

Paving work on entrance and exit ramps will require periodic local detours.

Access to all businesses and residences along the state highway will be maintained throughout construction, according to the release. 

JosephGhabourLaw August 27, 2012 at 02:04 PM
With state, county, and municipal road work it is required that plans are filed, detailing how traffic will be detoured, and access to homes and businesses maintained. We've dealt with residents who were ticketed, simply trying to go home. Don't tolerate such a situation, stand up for your rights should this happen to you.
chris bracklin August 27, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Why isnt the work on laurel avenue being done overnight? What is going to happen in 2 weeks when school starts? Who makes the decisions on this? Also it took them months to lay the pipe on the northern section of laurel avenue. Clearly these construction guys get paid hourly and are in no rush - neither are the police getting paid to sit around and do nothing.
Mattytas August 27, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Yeah, Rerouting EVERY car that uses laurel avenue down Holland road at 5pm is a GREAT idea. It makes the corner of Holland/RED HIll almost impossible to get by at 12 or 5pm. All this with 1 cop directing traffic, thanks for getting Cheap on us Middletown.
NJarhead August 27, 2012 at 06:58 PM
That'd be Holmdel
Fran August 27, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Why do you have to close Laurel and South Holland at the same time. The traffic was ridiculous trying to turn right on Middletown/Lincroft Rd from Kings Highway. As well as going from Holland Ave. to Red Hill Rd. This will be a nightmare when school starts.
cranky boomer August 29, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Actually, the Takolusa detour was still accessible this morning. Stupid move closing Laurel before Holland is done. Whoever approved that should be invited to seek employment elsewhere.
Bob Stevens August 29, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Had to get to Parkway today. Took the designated detour on King's highway behind Sears. Forget it. Traffic was backed up past the Village School. The traffic light does not allow enough cars to turn onto Red Hill Road to make any dent in the backup. From now on I will use Exit 117, even if it takes me a little out of the way.
Lafayette Reynolds August 29, 2012 at 07:09 PM
That'd actually be holmdel on the west and middletown on the east when you are south of the NJT tracks - the detour goes through middletown.
NJarhead August 29, 2012 at 07:12 PM
The construction is in Holmdel. So Middletown has little-to-no say.

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