Ocean County Press Release
Drainage Work to Improve Safety and Water Quality

TOMS RIVER – Ocean County is planning drainage improvements in six locations in order to alleviate existing roadway flooding conditions and increase safety for motorists and bicyclists.

"Standing water on our roadways can cause safety issues," said Ocean County Freeholder Director John P. Kelly, Director of Law and Public Safety. "These drainage improvements will provide a safer roadway for both motorists and bicyclists."

The drainage improvement projects will also include upgrades to comply with federal clean water act requirements.

"These improvements also help us in our efforts to improve water quality in Barnegat Bay," Kelly said. "The bay remains a centerpiece in Ocean County of our environment and recreational activities.

"It is essential that our stormwater management improvement projects reflect the county's ongoing work in making sure Barnegat Bay is protected," he said.

The Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders is scheduled to seek bids on its stormwater management contract which includes six individual drainage improvement projects.

"Depending on the location, the projects will either reconstruct and rehabilitate an existing drainage system that is in need of repair or it will install new drainage to alleviate an existing flooding condition," Kelly said.

The locations and the work to be done are Grant Avenue and Bay Boulevard, Seaside Heights, drainage reconstruction; 89th Street, Long Beach Township, drainage reconstruction; Hyson Road, Jackson Township, construction of new drainage system; Pershing Avenue, Lavallette, drainage rehabilitation; Laurel Boulevard, Brick Township, drainage and bulkhead construction and Pinewald Road, Beachwood, construction of a new drainage system.

Freeholder James F. Lacey, who serves as liaison to the Ocean County Road Department, said that in addition to improving the ability of the county's drainage system to alleviate roadway flooding, the improvements will upgrade any street level storm grates at the project locations to bicycle safety grates.

"This will create a safer roadway for our citizens and visitors," Lacey said.

The work is expected to get under way in the fall.

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