Ortley Repaving Starting Soon

Roads of the Ortley Beach and North Beaches will be resurfaced soon. (Photo by Chris Lundy)

TOMS RIVER – As part of the ongoing recovery efforts after Superstorm Sandy, roads on the barrier island will finally be resurfaced.

During a recent Township Council meeting, the council agreed to go out to bid for the resurfacing of roads in the area of Ortley Beach and the North Beaches. The resolution noted that the project would be eligible for a partial reimbursement by the Federal Emergency Management Agency since it is part of the recovery from a natural disaster.

“It was five years ago and we knew it would take some time,” said Councilwoman Maria Maruca, who represents the area.

The infrastructure has come a long way, she said. Sewer lines and other work that needed to be done under the street had to be finished first.

“The time has come to resurface the roads over there,” she said.

The project is expected to start in the fall, and progress through the spring, she said. The striping of parking spaces would also be completed in the spring.

After an Ortley resident asked what streets would be paved, Maruca clarified that every public street would be paved. The township would not pave the privately-owned ones.