Exasperated drivers will spend a lot less time waiting and cussing at the traffic light at in Toms River once that intersection is rebuilt to widen both highways.
That is the prediction of Frank Scarantino, explaining that the average 105-second delay will be pared to 38 seconds when the improvements are completed next spring.
If nothing is done the waits will get longer, he told the , who are poised to approve advertising for bids for the project on today at 4 p.m.
Scarantino said the north side of Route 571 will be widened, along with the west side of Whitesville Road to provide right turn lanes. A detention basin for will be built along Route 571 as well, he explained.
The intersection could be a lot worse. , linking the New Jersey Turnpike with the Garden State Parkway, was once planned for a route through that area of Pleasant Plains.
Scarantino said work on the intersection improvements is set to start in the fall and be done by spring at a cost estimated at $560,000.