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Parkway Project Will Demolish Old Overpasses in Toms River, Brick

County and NJ Turnpike Authority work together on plan for this year to widen roads and create new overpasses at three intersections

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority and the county are moving forward on plans to improve parkway overpasses and the roads below at three points in Brick and Toms River.

Needed work on parkway overpasses, as well as widening the roads below, will lead to an overhaul at three Ocean County roads this year.

The county and the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, who oversees the Garden State Parkway, will begin work this year at:

  • Old Freehold Road (County Road 623) overpass in Toms River
  • Chambers Bridge Road (County Road 549) overpass in Brick
  • Church Road (County Road 620) overpass in Toms River

The work is part of the Garden State Parkway Shoulder Restoration and Widening Program.

According to county spokesperson Donna Flynn, the project will widen overpasses by two spans (“spans” refers to the vertical piers on an overpass).

The replacement of these overpasses is scheduled to begin this year, Flynn said.

The project provides a chance to widen the roads that go under the overpasses, adding more lanes or reconfiguring shoulders there. The old overpasses will eventually be demolished.

Throughout the majority of construction, the Turnpike Authority is expected to maintain two lanes of traffic, and no regular closings have been scheduled, Flynn said.

Brief, 15-minute closures are anticipated in order to accommodate some of the work, such as the demolition of the overpasses.

The work on the Brick overpass, which is adjacent to the entrance and exit to the parkway on Chambers Bridge is related to the $250 million project set to improve the stretch from mile 83 on the parkway, through Brick's and into Monmouth County.

The Old Freehold Road overpass is near the intersection of Whitty Road in Toms River.

Toms River's second affected overpass, at Church Road, is near the intersection of North Bay Avenue.

Mark Wendell February 27, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Funny how some of those posting here asking for big road projects are some of the same ones blasting municipal employees, parks, and taxes.
sharon remtory February 27, 2012 at 08:53 PM
hysterically funny....
George February 27, 2012 at 08:59 PM
It's a matter of priorities: Pave over the TR MUA commissioners who get $24K for meeting once a month, eliminate other wastes of tax dollars, and fix the atrocious roads instead. That's not asking much.
tuna stick August 24, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Years ago the Ocean County engineer stated that it would be easier to build a elevated highway over Brick Blvd approaching Church Rd.then to remove the cemetary. So forget the idea of ever widening Hooper/Brick Blvd going South at the Church Rd intersection. Never gonna happen folks.
Martin August 24, 2012 at 05:56 PM
There's no southbound exit 83. There's no way to get off the Parkway south between 88 and 82. What's wrong with this picture? There are lots of paying customers who live in, or otherwise have to get to, the big area between Rt. 70 and Rt. 37. Doesn't anybody up in HQ understand that?

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