Dangerous Ocean County Intersection To Get Traffic Light

Currently just a blinking caution light, the intersection of Commonwealth and Northampton boulevards will get a full light. (Photo by Bob Vosseller)

  MANCHESTER – The county will be upgrading a blinking light into a regular traffic light at the intersection of Commonwealth Boulevard and Northampton Boulevard in Pine Lake Park.

  “We have needed this for some time now,” Mayor Robert Hudak told the public at a recent Township Council meeting. He noted that the township had been trying to address this intersection for the better part of two decades including requesting it by resolution in 2020.

The county will also clean up some brush around the intersection. (Photo by Bob Vosseller)

  The call for the traffic light had been renewed in July prompted by accidents and residents’ safety concerns. He recently received a letter from the Director of the Ocean County Commissioners Jack Kelly that the county’s engineering department will be working on it.

 “I’m proud to have worked with the County to deliver this for our residents. As a Pine Lake Park resident, I’ve seen firsthand the dangers of this intersection and the inattentiveness of drivers that led to serious or fatal accidents,” the mayor added.

  He added that the township will look to add resolutions supporting the work to the August 22 meeting agenda to see that this process moves quickly and efficiently.

  A round of applause was heard from the audience following the mayor’s announcement during the August 8 council meeting.

  “They will be designing a permanent signal light in that intersection within the next few months. They will also be trimming back brush and planting along Commonwealth Boulevard,” Hudak added.

Photo by Bob Vosseller

  “I am looking forward to seeing this move ahead and I want to thank the County Commissioners and County Engineering Department. This has been a long time coming and we have had people who have lost their lives in this intersection so this is a really good thing for our town so I wanted to thank them and let everyone know about it,” he said.