SEASIDE HEIGHTS - Construction to rebuild Route 35 resumed Tuesday after a summer season suspension, the New Jersey Department of Transportation announced.

Bill McKennon worries what will happen for Lavallette's Founders Day, as thousands of people are expected to head down the highway. He recalls what happened in February when visitors headed off the island after Seaside Height's Polar Bear Plunge. 

"A three-hour traffic delay going in both directions because somewhere they thought it was a good idea to close off both ends of an island," he says.

There's also a beach obstacle race Saturday in Seaside Heights.

A spokesperson for the Department of Transportation is urging drivers to enter and exit the island using the Route 37 Bridge. He says two lanes will be left open in Toms River northbound to help ease traffic. 

State officials say its contractors will continue to work with local businesses and residents to minimize the impact of construction on the local communities.

Most work was halted starting on Memorial Day to minimize the inconvenience to businesses, residents, and vacationers along the Jersey Shore.

The work is part of the $265 million project from Bay Head to Island Beach State Park.

For more information on construction progress: NJ Department of Transportation