Drivers heading through Ocean County may soon be really happy with the Board of Freeholders who are set to vote on three funding ordinances Wednesday that'll set forth in motion road repair and rehabilitation projects in bust spots.

The proposed funding measures combined provide $6,500,000.00 for rehabilitation and repair of various bridges, roads, drainage improvements and for design of reconstruction and resurfacing of some county roads.

Project One:

The redesign of the traffic signal and traffic pattern by two popular shopping centers on Hooper Avenue south of Indian Hill Road, that Freeholders say will allow motorists to make left turns out of each shopping center without having to access nearby U-turns.

“This change will provide full access to Hooper Avenue,” Freeholder Joe Vicari said. “The new traffic signal configuration will help motorists access both north and southbound Hooper Avenue and also will allow for the crossing of Hooper Avenue to the other shopping center."

“We believe this modification will have a positive outcome with traffic safety and accessibility,” Freeholder John "Jack" Kelly said.

Project Two: 

If the vote is yes here, what would be funded is the design for improvements to Cross Street in Lakewood Township.

“We will be starting design on improvements to Cross Street making it a three lane section from Route 9 to Route 528. The work also includes intersection improvements,” Kelly said.

Project Three: 

This will send funding to be used for repairs or replacements of the Mayetta Bridge in Stafford Township, Ridgeway Boulevard Bridge, Manchester Township, Grawtown Bridge, Jackson Township, Zebbs Bridge, Berkeley Township and Morris Boulevard Bridge, Stafford Township.

“It’s important to take a proactive approach to maintaining our bridges,” Kelly said. “We want to repair or replace them before they become a hazard to our motorists and pedestrians. The safety of our motorists and our pedestrians is a priority in Ocean County."

The votes take place after the Freeholder's public hearings.

“With long term planning we always take a close look at our roads and our infrastructure and set priorities in order to improve our road network all while staying within our budget,” Kelly said. “All of the projects to be funded in 2018 have been closely reviewed and are determined to be necessary improvements and safety projects.”

“We have the largest road network of any County in the state,” Ocean County Freeholder Director Gerry P. Little, who is liaison to the county’s Road Department said. “It’s important those roads are well maintained for our motorists and our visitors.”

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