Four years of roadwork is coming to Route 18 in East Brunswick. Here's what to expect

EAST BRUNSWICK – A four-year construction project will bring $86 million in drainage, pavement and other improvements to four miles along Route 18, according to the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

The project will focus on both the north and southbound lanes from milepost 35.40, south of Rues Lane, to milepost 39.54, the southern end of the New Jersey Turnpike underpass.

The work, which hasn’t begun but is expected to affect travel lanes later this fall, according to an NJDOT spokesman, is expected to be completed in fall 2026.

The project will alleviate drainage deficiencies and flooding, enhance vehicle and pedestrian safety, reduce congestion and update sidewalk curb ramps, curbs, guiderails and traffic signals.

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The anticipated traffic impacts during construction, according to the NJDOT, include long‐term single-lane closures in each direction when traffic signals will be adjusted to mitigate delays as much as possible; two lane closures overnight in each direction; up to 12 weekends of two southbound lane closures for gas main work; overnight ramp and intersection closures and detours for side streets; and overnight driveway closures during non‐business hours, maintaining emergency access.

Proposed improvements

Roadway and traffic

  • Mill and resurface all lanes

  • Reconstruct right lane pavement and cross slope

  • Complete and upgrade sidewalk and ramps for ADA compliance

  • Improve driveways to meet current Access Management standards

  • Upgrade guide rail and median barrier to meet current NJDOT standards

  • Upgrade traffic signals to meet current NJDOT standards

  • Improve bus access at Edgeboro Road and Tices Lane intersections

Drainage and storm water management

  • Replace metal pipes with concrete to meet current NJDOT standards

  • Reconstruct and add lateral drainage crossings

  • Construct two new bioretention basins and rehabilitate one existing basin

  • Reconstruct two wet ponds

  • Install three manufactured treatment devices


  • Reconstruct over two miles of gas main

  • Reconstruct over four miles of water mains and connections

  • Relocate power and telecommunication poles and wires to mitigate project conflicts

The project will maintain access to all existing street connections during daylight hours, according to the NJDOT.

The project is funded by a combination of federal and state funds. The NJDOT awarded the contract for the project in June to Earle Asphalt Company.


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