Is it really the Garden State if there is no construction happening?

Coming up on Monday, July 20th and Tuesday, July 21st from 5:00 PM to 5:00 AM, NJDOT's contractor, IEW Construction Inc., will be enforcing lane closures for roadwork on the bridge that passes over Shark River.

According to a recent press release, "IEW Construction Inc. is scheduled to close the left lane of Route 71/Main Street southbound and shift the Route 71/Main Street northbound lane to the right shoulder on the movable bridge between Belmar and Avon by the Sea. The lane closure and traffic shift is necessary for priority structural steel and concrete repairs."

There will be at least one operational lane on both sides of Route 71 on the overnights.

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The drawbridge will only open once per night between 12:00 AM and 12:00 AM. This bascule bridge has a vertical clearance of approximately 8 feet above the water.

Vessels who are able to travel under the bridge while it is closed (aka less than 8 ft) can do so at anytime during the upcoming construction work.

You can also expect to see construction signs that will warn you of the changing traffic patterns and the timing of the construction work weather pending.

As always....I am going to suggest that if you are traveling near this area to give yourself extra time.

Even though the construction work is happening overnight, you never know if it will cause delays on the morning commute.

For additional information and updates on the upcoming construction work, check for updates at NJDOT's Facebook Page or CLICK HERE.