Ocean County Press Release
PEDESTRIAN SAFETY UPGRADES PLANNED FOR THREE SEASIDE HEIGHTS INTERSECTIONS; WORK TO BE FINISHED BY THE SUMMER

PEDESTRIANS WILL HAVE an easier time crossing three busy intersections in Seaside Heights this summer thanks to several safety upgrades approved by the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

"Many families walk throughout the borough to reach the beaches, boardwalk and local businesses from parking lots and their homes or rentals," said Freeholder Director John P. Kelly. "These improvements will help ensure their safety while crossing at three of the town's largest intersections."

Countdown pedestrian signal heads will be added to the intersections of The Boulevard and Hamilton Avenue, The Boulevard and Grant Avenue and the intersection of The Boulevard and Sumner Avenue, said Kelly, who is also Director of Law and Public Safety.

The Freeholders are seeking bids for the project, which should be completed before the start of the summer.

The projected cost is $175,000.

Other improvements include the installation of audible/vibro-tactile pushbuttons and ADA compliant handicap ramps.

The upgraded signals will also be fitted with 10-hour batteries and generator transfer switches to allow the use of temporary generators during an extended power outage, such as occurred following super storm Sandy.

"These backup systems will assist the local police department, which will not have to assign officers to direct traffic at these intersections should the power fail," said Freeholder Deputy Director James F. Lacey, liaison to the Ocean County Road Department.

The Freeholders on Wednesday also awarded a $437,513 contract to Earle Asphalt Company of Farmingdale for the reconstruction and resurfacing of Route 528 (East Veterans Highway) from Stacy Court to 1,200 feet east of Route 527 in Jackson Township.

The cornerstone of the project will be the complete reconstruction of an existing curve between Melissa Lee Drive and Pitney Lane.

"Once the work is completed this will be a much safer road for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians," Kelly said.

The project also includes the milling and resurfacing of the road along with drainage improvements, Lacey said.

Construction is set to begin later this spring.

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