NEW JERSEY (CBSNewYork) — Folks heading to their favorite beach town on the Jersey Shore this weekend — and all summer — may want to keep their ears open for updates on repair work being done on Route 35.

As WCBS 880’s Levon Putney reported, even though road crews have been rebuilding a 12.5-mile stretch of the main drag damaged by Superstorm Sandy, “they’ve gotten out-of-the-way for the unofficial start of summer,” said state transportation spokesman Joe Dee.

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Work has stopped on the roadway to accommodate the influx of beachgoers this Memorial Day weekend.

Two lanes are open along Route 35, which cuts right through beach towns. The only exception is between Brick and Toms River, where there will only be one lane open on the southbound side.

After this weekend, Dee said work will shut down at staggered times on the northern, middle, and southern parts of Route 35 that are under reconstruction.

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“Even though it’s the ideal time to be constructing roads, we have to consider the businesses and everything they’ve gone through. I mean we’re very sympathetic,” Dee said.

Full-out road work on Route 35 is expected to pick back up after Labor Day.

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