Ocean County Press Release
County Works with state 9th District Legislators and Turnpike to Advance Project
TOMS RIVER – A long-awaited park-n-ride facility proposed for Interchange 58 on the Garden State Parkway in Little Egg Harbor Township is advancing its way to the design stage with the help of the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
The Board of Freeholders today (Feb. 19) introduced an ordinance that would provide $400,000 for the design of the facility which comes with a host of benefits for motorists and commuters living in southern Ocean County.
"We have been closely working with the state's 9th Legislative District leaders and Little Egg Harbor Township officials to bring this project to fruition," said Freeholder John P. Kelly, Director of Law and Public Safety. "I am pleased to announce that this facility will now be designed and built in partnership with Ocean County and the New Jersey Turnpike Authority."
Ocean County expects to be reimbursed for the cost of designing the facility, securing all the permits and ultimately constructing it under a proposal with the Turnpike Authority.
"I have been working with state Senator Chris Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf, Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove, Little Egg Harbor Township officials and the Turnpike Authority in order to create a park-n-ride facility at Interchange 58 in Little Egg Harbor Township," said Kelly, who serves as liaison to the Ocean County Engineering Department. "This will enhance safety in the area, and will promote carpooling.
"There is a demonstrated need by just observing the informal park and ride that is in the area now," Kelly said. "This will be tremendously safer for people to leave their cars there and out of harms way."
The new facility would be designed for 80 parking spaces and will include stormwater upgrades and a lighting system that will be substantially maintenance free.
"Southern Ocean County is a growth area and a park and ride facility would help promote ride sharing," said Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari. "This would provide benefits to our commuters as well as to our environment."
Kelly, along with the 9th District legislators and Little Egg Harbor Township officials have met with Executive Director Veronique Hakim and other officials from the New Jersey Turnpike Authority to discuss the prospect of building a park-n-ride off of Garden State Parkway Exit 58 for commuters as well as plans for infrastructure improvements at the exit.
"We have worked together as a delegation with the Turnpike Authority to have a park-n-ride constructed at Exit 58 in order to provide an appropriate, convenient and safe site at which commuters can leave their vehicles," Kelly said. "In the absence of any other alternative, commuters have over the years been forced to leave their vehicles in a poorly lit dirt lot with pot holes located off Route 539.
"This is an important regional transportation concept that we are advancing," Kelly said. "We look forward to the day it is complete."