Busy Intersection To Get Upgrades

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TOMS RIVER – One busy intersection Lakewood will be getting much-needed improvements and upgrades. The Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders awarded a contract for work at Oberlin and Cedar Bridge avenues.

“We anticipate getting work underway in the New Year at the intersection of Oberlin and Cedar Bridge avenues,” Ocean County Freeholder Deputy Director John P. Kelly, who serves as co-chair to the Ocean County Office of Engineering, said.

The work will include adding dedicated left turn lanes on those avenues along with upgrading the traffic signal at the intersection. Pedestrian safety upgrades, including new crossings to help the handicapped and disabled, are included.

“This intersection is a high traffic volume area especially because of its proximity to the Lakewood Industrial Park,” Freeholder Director Virginia E. Haines, who also serves as co-chair of the Office of Engineering, said. “It’s important we provide the necessary improvements so our motorists and pedestrians have a safer driving and walking experience.”

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The project’s timeline is still being developed.

Jersey Construction Inc., was awarded the contract for $1,156,846 during the Board’s Dec. 19 meeting. The New Jersey Department of Transportation must approve the work.

Ocean County will received federal funding for nearly 100 percent of the project and construction inspection.