LAVALLETTE - State Department of Transportation officials held a public meeting Tuesday to discuss the reconstruction of Route 35.

The meeting at Lavallette Elementary School gymnasium was to discuss repairs on the road left severely damaged by Sandy.

Gov. Chris Christie and Department of Transportation Commissioner James Simpson broke ground on the project last week. Officials say new drainage pumps designed to handle larger amounts of stormwater will be installed.

The new drains are part of a two-year, $265 million project that will reconstruct a 12.5-mile stretch of Route 35 that was badly damaged by Sandy.

Residents attended the meeting to find out how the reconstruction will affect them. The Department of Transportation told the crowd that all lanes of Route 35 will remain open throughout the summer season with major roadwork happening after Labor Day.

Some leaving the meeting told News 12 New Jersey that they need more explanation.

Simpson says the northernmost part of the project from Mantoloking to Bay Head is set to be completed by summer 2014. The remaining 9 miles from Brick to Berkeley is scheduled to be completed in early summer 2015. The federal government will be providing 80 percent of the total project costs with Sandy emergency relief funds, with the balance paid by the state.