Drainage Projects Awarded, Normandy Still Waiting

Flooding is still an issue in the Normandy Beach section of the township. (Photo courtesy Larry Reid)

  BRICK – The governing body awarded a $378,230 bid for isolated drainage and roadway improvements to Captain Construction from South River during the most recent Township Council meeting.

  The project consists of miscellaneous drainage improvements with the Associated Roadway Rehabilitation to correct drainage and other issues at scattered locations, including:

  A drainage pipe replacement between homes at 677 Millbrook Road; drainage improvements at the intersection of Forge Pond Road and Tilford Blvd.; drainage improvements and road repair at 38 Rochester Drive and at 114 Bretonian Drive near Beach Court; drainage and roadway improvements north of Mantoloking Road on Stuyvesant Road; and mill and overlay of existing roadway on Unity Drive.

  Mayor John G. Ducey said that bid notices had been provided to 67 prospective bidders, from which 14 requested the actual bid package. Eight bids were received that ranged from the winning low bid of $378,230 up to $1,258,960.

  During public comment, Normandy Beach resident Robert Palmisano asked why a NJ DOT (Department of Transportation) Municipal Aid grant would not be used to raise the area of Broad Avenue that has the lowest elevation.

  Residents in the barrier island community have been complaining that the high tides are occurring with more frequency, making Broad Avenue impassable from 7th Avenue to Journey’s End at Ellison Drive.

  Brick and Toms River applied separately to the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Fiscal Year 2021 Municipal Aid Program for grant funds. Brick was awarded $417,028 and Toms River was awarded $323,600.

  The scope of the project is at the border with Toms River since it is a shared service application, which is how the grant application was written.

  The project’s goal is to alleviate flooding issues in the area, with a focus on elevating the road surfaces of Broad Avenue and portions of 5th, 6th, and 7th Avenues, leaving one of the lowest sections of Broad Avenue continuing to flood, which affects some 50 homes there, Palmisano said.

Photo courtesy Larry Reid

  “I know you’ve applied for a second grant with FEMA…but there’s no guarantee you’re gonna get that grant,” he said. “We’re asking for immediate assistance for that section of Broad Avenue, so either include it in the current project that’s being designed and planned for, or switch over the streets.”

  Township Business Administrator Joanne Bergin said the project will have to be done in stages as funding becomes available.

  “From the beginning, we said it was a large-scale project and it was not likely to be funded through one program,” she said.

  Brick has applied for two grants to continue work on the project – a (Federal Emergency Management Agency) grant and a NJ DOT grant. She said both are in the queue to be reviewed and decided. FEMA has requested some additional information, which is a good sign, she added.

  “It is not the intention to do one without the other, but they will not be timed at the same time because they’re two different funding sources with two different processes for how you spend the money,” Bergin said.

  For the shared services agreement, Toms River will be hiring a consulting firm to design the roadway elevation project within the next few months, she said.