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County to Reconfigure Route 571 and Whitesville

North side of Route 571 will be widened

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.

Martin August 17, 2011 at 11:13 AM
The county has the wrong priority... spending a half million to save a 67-second wait! It must be on the freeloaders' way to their ivory tower. How about the long, long delays on Brick Blvd. and Hooper Ave. approaching Church Rd. Every day, thousands of people are stuck in that constant traffic jam because the county won't widen the narrow bottleneck over the Kettle Creek, even though the cemetary offered land to add a lane in each direction. It connects Ocean County Mall, Brick Plaza, the County College and countless other businesses and residential neighborhoods that have no other access roads. Instead, the county approved yet another shopping mall right at the narrowest point. What are they thinking (if they're thinking of us at all)????
CW Griswold August 17, 2011 at 11:56 AM
Oops, Hit send while testing my system. The message I intended on sending. Thanks. I sit through that light 2 to 4 times a day. The fix will do wonders for my blood pressure
GaryR August 17, 2011 at 12:49 PM
I really have to agree with Martin's gripe about this constant log jam. I lived in that area for over 25 years and it's getting worst by the day. I really had to laugh when the County engineer said it was a 105 second delay at that particular intersection...sit in THAT traffic headed towards Silverton any day between the hours of 4:30pm and 6pm...a 105 second wait time would be a gift from above! It's well over 300 seconds on a good day! Who picks these projects and prioritizes them anyway?...LOL
Barry Fleckmann August 17, 2011 at 02:54 PM
Perhaps Toms River will HAVE a half-way decent road infrastructure, just in time for the NEXT Centennial (2101, A.D.). Til' then? Grin and BEAR it!! Our present-day road situation was created back in the horse 'n' buggy/stagecoach days. All they do is repave it, every generation or so!!
John Pine August 18, 2011 at 04:06 AM
The least they could do is give 549 more green time. Often when sitting in a backup hardly any cars get through because its green for only 30 seconds when it should be 2 minutes! 549 is the major road and should get priority!

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