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Project Will Connect Route 571 to Parkway Exit 83, Overhauling Traffic

Intermediate West Way will connect with Parkway in a reconstruction of interchange 83

After years of planning, Ocean County is ready to build a new mile-long connector road designed to improve access to the on Route 9 and Indian Head Road.

The $4 million project is expected to take a year to complete once the work begins in September, according to county engineer Frank Scarantino.

He said the county has owned the right of way for seven years, but designing the road system and getting the permits has delayed the work until now. The county’s freeholders are expected to OK advertising for bids when they meet Wednesday.

The plan calls for extending Intermediate Way between Route 9 and Indian Head Road and expanding the existing northbound exit and entrance ramps at the Parkway. New signals will be installed at Intermediate Way and Indian Head Road, where the connector road meets Route 9, and the Parkway.

Indian Head Road, which is also known as Route 571, will be widened between Route 9 and the connector road as part of plans to improve Interchange 83, according to Freeholder John P. Kelly.

Currently, the area is preserved forest surrounded by condominiums on Route 571.

The county will pay the entire cost of improving the county roads, but will not contribute to the New Jersey Turnpike Authority’s replacement of the Parkway bridge over Indian Head Road, he said.

Scarantino said the county project is designed to allow drivers to avoid the intersection of Indian Head Road and Route 9, which he described as a “severe bottleneck.’’

On Wednesday the freeholders are also scheduled to award a $1.3 million contract for the replacement of the Jamaica Blvd. bridge in the Holiday City at Berkeley retirement community. Scarantino said it is 1 of 2 structurally deficient spans in the county. State bridge aid will pay $1 million of the cost. Midlantic Construction LLC of Barnegat submitted the low bid for the project. The engineer said detours will be used for 7 months while the bridge is being rebuilt. The work should be finished by next spring, he estimated.

Sixteen bridges on county roads will be repaved under a contract set to be awarded Wednesday to DeFino Contraction Company of Cliffwood Beach for $558,972.

Included are the Wrangle Brook and Davenport bridges in Berkeley, Midstreams and Duck Farm spans in Brick, Batchelor Street bridge in Toms River, and the Club House, Colonial Drive South and Ridgeway Blvd. bridges in Manchester bridge.

Simon Larano July 14, 2011 at 01:24 PM
Our country's infrastructure is mediocre and antiquated at best, and when we do approve funding to improve our roads and highways, we always choose the lowest bidder, not the one that will do the best job. And people wonder why the quality is subpar, why we constantly have to fix everything to make up for the last guy's inefficiencies, and why there is no significant job growth for the everyday people, just fatter pockets for the wealthiest.
DaveL July 14, 2011 at 04:26 PM
Low bidding argument aside, I am just happy to see ANY improvements in the traffic nightmare in Ocean County. I pray the reconfiguration will allow people exiting on 83 to turn left onto 166 Southbound. Now, can anyone wake up the freeholders and widen Hooper Avenue to 3 lanes? It was overdue for widening in the 1980s.
eruth July 14, 2011 at 05:31 PM
THANK GOD!!! getting through that intersection by the home depot is absolute hell.
Scott Derek July 14, 2011 at 05:55 PM
This doesn't make much sense since exit 83 was improved less than 7 years ago with its own overpass to exit from Parkway north; if they owned the ROW for 7 years why didn't they just do it then?
Uglykid825 July 14, 2011 at 06:14 PM
Won't more paved roads make the bay and river worse????? Why is there money for this but our FREELOADERS who claim to be freeholders refuse to spend one red cent to clean up the bay unless there are kick-backs to line their wallets..... Ocean County's FREELOADERS are a JOKE....and they laugh at taxpayers every single day....
Robert Saulino,Sr. July 15, 2011 at 08:38 PM
I live on Hovsons Blvd. in Silverton off of Hooper Avenue. We have 2 to 3000 cars a day that "cut thru" our neighborhood to avoid the terrible congetion at the bottle neck where Hooper Avenue meets Church Road. When is this problem going to be taken care of ? There have been several bad traffic accidents on that stretch of road.
BN July 16, 2011 at 01:28 PM
They should make Adirondack Pl. a cul de sac.
E.L. Toms River July 17, 2011 at 06:42 PM
What about adding a Southbound exit? I hate having to go down to 37 when I live off Bay,
George February 17, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Hooper traffic back-ups (and Brick Blvd. southbound's) are the county's worst! WIDEN them now.
George February 17, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Thousands of us are using Adirondack every day precisely because the county freeloaders take 7 years to think about any problem before they start to fix it. Church Rd. is loaded with college traffic and everyone else going west to east toward Hooper, Green Island and Brick Blvd. northbound. Brick Blvd. southbound squeezes cars from 3-4 lanes into 2 as it approaches Hooper and Church. The county had the gall to approve a shopping center right at that pinch-point, even though the 2 cemeteries offered land for widening. I guess the developer's campaign contributiin was more important than common sense, public safety, saving time and gas, etc. Brilliant job, freeloaders!
Lindsay G June 02, 2012 at 07:37 PM
I've been meaning to get online about the southbound exit as well. The jug handle to get to Bay Ave adds time and more traffic. I would more people are coming south on parkway to Toms River than northbound.

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