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Route 37 Westbound Lanes to Begin Daytime Closures Monday

The Route 37 bridge, as viewed from the north. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

The Route 37 bridge, as viewed from the north. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

The J. Stanley Tunney Bridge, which carries traffic on Route 37 westbound from the barrier island to Toms River, will begin several weeks of daytime closures Monday, April 17, state transportation officials announced Friday.

The left lane on Route 37 westbound, also known as the Tunney bridge, is scheduled to be closed from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday, April 17 for bridge deck and joint repairs. Work is expected to continue every Monday through Thursday for “a few weeks,” the NJDOT said in a statement.

Additionally, the state said, the center lane may be closed as necessary during the same time period. At least one lane will be maintained at all times. Motorists on Route 37 westbound are advised to “slow down, use caution, and expect delays.”

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Route 37 eastbound, the Thomas J. Mathis Bridge, will not be affected.

This work is part of a $9.6 million statewide preventative maintenance contract for major bridges. Variable messaging signs are being utilized to provide advance notification to the motoring public of all traffic pattern changes associated with the work, the DOT said.

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