Ocean County Press Release
Road Badly Damaged by Sandy To Be Rebuilt
Safer and Stronger

BAY BOULEVARD, the road that runs parallel to Route 35 through much of the Ortley Beach section of Toms River Township and Lavallette, will be reconstructed beginning in the fall.

"One mile of this roadway was badly damaged as a result of Superstorm Sandy," said Ocean County Freeholder Director John P. Kelly, Director of Law and Public Safety. "We modified the road extensively following the storm so it could at least be used by motorists. Now we will rebuild it to make it stronger and safer."

The Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders is scheduled to approve advertising the project during its Aug. 21 meeting. A contract is expected to be awarded at the beginning of October.

The project will include reconstructing Bay Boulevard from Route 35, Toms River Township to Princeton Avenue in Lavallette.

The reconstructed roadway will remain a divided roadway with one lane running north and one lane running south with shoulders.

Kelly, who serves as liaison to the Ocean County Engineering Department, noted the reconstruction schedule of Bay Boulevard will be coordinated with the state's Route 35 reconstruction schedule.

The drainage systems that were compromised as a result of the storm will be rebuilt at the beginning of the project because it ties in with the state drainage system.

"Our drainage system will be reinforced for any future catastrophic event," Kelly said.

Also in order to protect the roadway from the effects of any future storms, areas of the existing roadway that collapsed into the lagoons will be armored with steel sheeting on the lagoon side of the road for protection.

Damaged areas of the roadway will have the pavement section completely rebuilt. Other areas that received minimal damage will be milled and overlayed with a new riding surface.

As a result of Superstorm Sandy, Bay Boulevard suffered extensive damage including sink holes, portions of the road washed away into lagoons, gas and water utilities were damaged as were drainage systems including drainage outfall pipes being washed away.

As part of the design process ground penetrating radar was used to find any subsurface voids that may have been created as ocean water flowed over and under the roadway.

"Prior to the storm, Bay Boulevard, which runs along Barnegat Bay, was a popular thoroughfare for our residents and visitors. It is used by motorists and the shoulders are used by bicyclists and pedestrians," said Freeholder James F. Lacey, who serves as liaison to the Ocean County Road Department. "In order to accommodate motorists after the storm we shifted all traffic onto the northbound lane of the highway and restriped it in order to allow north and south traffic."

Because of the damage the southbound lane has not been in use since the storm.

"This project will return the roadway to its original design but it will be stronger and safer in order to withstand any future events," Lacey said.

The county anticipates reimbursement, in part, for the project from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

"Ortley Beach was one of the areas hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy," Kelly noted. "The reconstruction of the roadway will help in the recovery of the entire area."

Construction is planned to start in late fall and continue into the spring of 2014.

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