rap #53 03/30/11
SPRING BRINGS ROAD IMPROVEMENTS TO FIVE TOWNS
WHEN THE WEATHER finally turns warm, the trees bud, the flowers bloom and the construction equipment returns to Ocean
Reconstruction and resurfacing projects are already on tap for roads in five towns this spring. In all five projects the
top two inches of pavement will be removed and replaced. Storm drain inlets along the roads will also be retrofitted to meet
new state Department of Environmental Protection requirements.
Handicap ramps will also be installed at those intersections that are not yet in compliance with the Americans with
"Spring is the season when our annual road maintenance projects really kick into high gear," said Freeholder John P.
Kelly, Director of Law and Public Safety.
Freeholder James F. Lacey, liaison to the Ocean County Road Department, said safety always plays a large role in the
county’s ongoing road improvements.
"We’ll continue our program of repairs and maintenance through the year, ensuring our roads are safe for motorists,
cyclists and pedestrians," Lacey said.
The latest contract expected to be advertised by the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders includes the following
The entire cost of all of the projects is estimated at about $900,000, with work set to begin later this spring.
- Beachwood Borough - Birch Street from Ship Avenue to the Garden State Parkway.
- Berkeley Township - Mill Creek Road from Ocean Gate Drive to Chelsea Avenue.
- Lakewood Township - the entire length of Kennedy Boulevard.
- Ocean Gate Borough - from the east borough line to the Toms River.
- Ship Bottom Borough - Barnegat Avenue from Route 72 South to the bay.
The Freeholders will also award a $347,668 contract for the construction of new traffic signals and other improvements at
two Lakewood Township intersections.
Work will begin in the next several weeks at the corner of Central Avenue and New Central Avenue and at North Hope Chapel
Road and South Lake Drive.
The contractor, Edward H. Cray Electric, Inc of Trenton, is expected to complete the improvements in about three months.
Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari said the county is constantly monitoring and upgrading its road network.
"With 620 miles of county roads and 259 bridges and culverts, we have the largest county road network in the state," Vicari
said. "We’re also committed to having the safest possible roads."