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A reconstruction project has been announced by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to rebuild Sandy-damaged Route 35. The new stretch of highway will span 12.5 miles in Ocean County along the Barnegat Peninsula. Before sustaining severe storm damage the highway served as a primary north-south route along the peninsula. The highway stretched from Point Pleasant Beach to the entrance of Island Beach State Park.

Making Roads Safe for Travel

Governor Christie believes the road project deserves aggressive and speedy attention so that ordinary travel can resume by residents and visitors alike. The transportation system along the Jersey shore must be repaired and restored. Route 35 will be rebuilt in such a way as to provide the following:

  • There will be better drainage in anticipation of more storms to come.
  • The road itself will be constructed so as to be more resilient to ordinary climate and weather conditions as well as unexpected super storms like Sandy.
  • A smoother surface will be put down for driving safety.
  • There will be accommodations for those who ride bicycles and for pedestrians in order to make the road safer for all who use it.
  • The new, improved highway will cost less to repair and to maintain.

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With three people dead in New Jersey due to falling trees, the death toll from Hurricane Sandy in the United States has climbed to 33 as of October 30, 2012, according to FoxNews. It was reported by NJ.com that a man and woman were killed and two children were injured in Mendham Township after a tree fell on their pickup truck. A man in Hawthorne was also killed after a tree fell on the roof of his home.

Now that 90 mph winds that shook the state on Monday have passed, the worst of the storm seems to be over. However, the aftermath poses many dangers to those in New Jersey and across the Northeast and the time of rebuilding will be a difficult one.

NBCNews.com reports that the levee protecting Moonachie, Little Ferry, South Hackensack and Hackensack either broke or overflowed, causing severe flooding. The National Guard, the State Police, and local agencies have been evacuating residents from these areas.
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