$215M project to rebuild Route 35

LAVALLETTE – Gov. Chris Christie announced a $215 million rebuilding project for a nearly 13-mile stretch of Route 35 along New Jersey’s battered shore.

The governor packed a volunteer fire house in Lavallette Tuesday to announce the Department of Transportation project funded by federal highway dollars.

The reconstruction is expected to be completed by the summer of 2015 and will include new underground drainage, a stronger base and tougher surface.

“This is not just a resurface job,” said Christie, adding the proposal is part of the larger plan to “modernize our systems.”

“This new roadway will be better and more durable in every way,” he said.

Residents packed the Lavallette fire station and greeted the governor with a standing ovation.

Christie came to the shore community months after Superstorm Sandy slammed into the Jersey coast, causing billions of dollars worth of damage.

The highway is a major north-south route along the Jersey Shore from Point Pleasant Beach to Island Beach State Park, and it suffered heavy damage from Superstorm Sandy.

$215M project to rebuild Route 35