Ocean County Press Release
Four County Road Projects to Begin in July

TOMS RIVER – Improvement projects on four Ocean County roadways are expected to get under way by the end of July.

"As part of our annual road overlay program, we will be starting work shortly on safety improvements including stormwater drainage work, new paving and reconstruction on several roads throughout Ocean County," said Ocean County Freeholder Director John P. Kelly, Director of Law and Public Safety.

The Board of Freeholders is scheduled to award a contract to Earle Asphalt Company, Farmingdale, in the amount of $1.8 million to reconstruct portions of four heavily traveled roadways.

"This work will get under way in the next few weeks and while there may be some inconvenience to motorists during the work surely the completed repairs will make for better and safer traveling around Ocean County," said Freeholder Deputy Director James F. Lacey, who serves as liaison to the Ocean County Road Department.

Those roads include Church Road in Toms River, from Hooper Avenue to North Bay Avenue; Lanes Mills Road in Lakewood and Brick Townships, from Route 88 to limits of the Garden State Parkway Interchange 91 reconstruction project; Lighthouse Drive in Ocean Township from Route 9 east to Barnegat Bay and West Bay Avenue in Barnegat Township from Pine Street to Route 72.

"We anticipate this work will be completed by the end of September," Kelly said.

In addition, the Board is scheduled to go out to bid to provide safety improvements and reconstruction to portions of seven additional roads with work expected to begin in the fall.

Those roads include Route 537 in Plumsted Township, from Crosswicks Creek to Route 539 at Route 537; Bridge Avenue in Bay Head, from Bay Avenue to Route 35; Squankum Road in Lakewood, from Kennedy Boulevard to the Ocean County line; Cross Street in Lakewood, from Massachusetts Avenue to Route 528; Chambers Bridge Road, Brick Township, from Route 88 to Mantoloking; Drumpoint Road in Brick Township, from Adamston Road to the end and Herbertsville Road in Point Pleasant from Route 70 to Route 88.

Kelly added that about 75 percent of the cost for the improvements will be covered by state aid.

"We maintain more than 620 county road miles so it is imperative we have a program in place to maintain our infrastructure," said Kelly, who serves as liaison for the Ocean County Engineering Department. "Each year we perform improvements to a number of roadways. Well maintained roads certainly are safer for our motorists and pedestrians."

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