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.