Detour Coming As Work Begins On Route 70 & Beckerville Road

Photo courtesy Ocean County Scanner News

MANCHESTER – The intersection at Beckerville Road and Route 70 West will be closed starting July 23, for approximately three weeks.

That dangerous split will finally be getting a much-needed upgrade.

Beckerville Road will be getting realigned. A 90-degree intersection will be built several hundred feet west from the exiting fork. That change will, county and local officials hope, create a safer turn.

There will not be a traffic light installed at the new intersection, however.

“We have had, for a long time, sight-line problems there, making left and right turns, and even making left and right turns from Route 70, so it’s been a problematic sight-line there,” Freeholder Gerry P. Little told Jersey Shore Online back in February. “It will be much safer in terms of visibility and sight-lines…. We’re very excited about the project because it will improve highway safety along that Route 70 corridor a great deal.”

The intersection of Route 70 and Beckerville Road/Horicon Avenue, will be changed to be made more safe, officials said. (Photo by Jennifer Peacock)

Beckerville Road is a county road, which of course runs along the state highway, Route 70. So although Manchester Township has no work to do in this realignment process, the news that an improvement is coming is welcome news.

The project was expected to start mid-spring, but for unexplained reasons, was pushed to the end of July.