Route 35 is a vital emergency evacuation route and major highway in Ocean County, New Jersey that carries traffic to the region’s popular beach areas. A decade ago, NJDOT initiated a study to address chronic flooding and identify drainage system deficiencies throughout a 12.5-mile corridor from Berkeley Township to Point Pleasant Beach Borough. The project was ultimately divided into three sections, and McCormick Taylor was engaged to provide final design for the reconstruction of mileposts (MP) 0-4, as well as environmental permitting and stormwater management for all three sections.


Construction was slated to begin in 2015, but devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 made restoration of the coastline and the complete roadway reconstruction New Jersey’s top priority. As a result, our team was challenged to fast-track the project and advanced the construction start to August 2013.


Key improvements of the $341 million project include:

  • Full-depth pavement replacement for a 50-year design life

  • Corridor-wide drainage improvements

  • Water quality chambers at all drainage outfalls

  • Installation of check valves at all outfall pipes to prevent tidal or storm surge backflow into the drainage system

All lanes of Route 35 for the entire 12.5 miles are now open, with the remaining shoulder, curb, sidewalk, and final paving of MP 4-9 to be completed by fall. Last May, New Jersey Alliance for Action presented McCormick Taylor and the project team with the 2014 New Jersey’s Leading Infrastructure Project Award for Route 35. The honor salutes leading projects that greatly impact the state’s economy.