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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.

Sean Conneamhe February 24, 2012 at 10:40 AM
"Please construct shoulders and sidewalks on both sides of Chambers Bridge Road under the overpass. It is currently extremely dangerous for pedestrians and bicyclists."
Sue DiNimm February 24, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Please, county engineer, widen Church Rd. as it approaches Hooper Ave. The long line for the single left-turn lane toward Brick Blvd. blocks Hinds Rd. and sometimes even all the way to the county college. While you're at it, take the cemeteries up on their offer of land and widen Hooper, too. Meanwhile, many Church Rd. vehicles cut through Adirondack to get to Yorktown and then onto Brick Blvd., and of course, Hooper is a mess every day. We don't need a new traffic light at Church and Todd. Put the money toward a solution to the worst bottleneck around!
Paul Brush February 24, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Agree. Good thoughts.
Mapleleafnj February 24, 2012 at 01:31 PM
if the Parkway is involved at least it has a chance on being done right. Say what you will about them and the tolls, they do a nice job. I can't even believe I am saying this about a road project in NJ. The 83-90 section of the parkway is very dangerous especially that entrance by 88, which dumps cars on the highway too fast for oncoming traffic. I have witnessed too many accidents at that spot. Good luck on the projects, sure there will be plenty of complaining once they start about how they are causing traffic jams, especially with summer coming. Also hope there are not any environment issues causing the displacement of several millions of mosquitos from their stagnant water habitats in those area's. This could be devastating for the local residents as they would be forced to enjoy themselves in the evenings when sitting outside.
Glenn February 24, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Wish they would add the Rt 70 bridge to the list, at least the northbound side as they entrance from 70 East to GSP North has the shortest on/merge ramp than anywhere.
SB Girl February 24, 2012 at 02:26 PM
If they are going thru this process, how about adding a few exit/entrances in the opposite direction...these north only exit/entrancemight have been ok in the 50s but are now obsolete, including the new exit at 89...does the parkway think no one needs to go south?
Lucille Costabile Possumato February 24, 2012 at 05:28 PM
They can move the cemeteries using emminent domain , town/state takes it for the greater good of the community. They have done this in the past. They have to contact the families of the deceased in order to do that. Or they take away the sidewalk and create a right turn lane so the two continue flowing down Hooper.....Whatever it takes but that strip is a nightmare all year long then add the summer attendance.....uugh. Other than that Hooper flows very well with the speed limits noted.
Lucille Costabile Possumato February 24, 2012 at 05:29 PM
That is life threatening........they are suppose to be putting a SOUTH entrance to the parkway there........which should have been done years ago. So they will probably do that strech of overhead when they redesign the new entry...........
Carol Aller February 24, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Pleasant Plains needs an exit going south, not just going north. PLEASE!! People who get on there to go north DO have to come back!
Catherine Galioto (Editor) February 24, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Hi Carol, that will be added to the new Exit 83.
Robert Wagner February 24, 2012 at 09:17 PM
It would be nice to have a pedestrian tunnel adjacent to any changes to the chambersbridge overpass. This area forces pedestrians to walk/bike in traffic in an already too narrow passage. I've ridden these roads every day since the 80s, and feel this is long overdue. I just hope they don't wait until someone gets killed before making it safer.
Sal Petoia February 25, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Been trying for years to get an exit near Church Road to disperse all the T.R. traffic exiting at Rt 70 which then travels south on Shorrock, then onto Brick Blvd and bottlenecks at Silverton. The right of way for a Fischer Blvd extension from Hooper Avenue to what is now Shorrock exists, but the building of Holiday City defeated that option. Even the curb cuts still exist in H.C. Brick Blvd is a traffic nightmare approaching Silverton, and now another shopping center is being approved right near the cemetery. If an emergency ever happens, nothing will get through.
Scott Derek February 25, 2012 at 01:21 PM
I believe that Exit 88 is going to be shut down in the next 2-3 years anyway.
Rich Wieland February 25, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Copy and paste this in your web browser to visit a site that discusses the Hooper-Brick-Church-Kettle Creek traffic jams: http://seeclickfix.com/issues/12044?campaign=1&content=htmlTitle&medium=email&source=issueReminder&utm_source=activity_notice&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pois
George February 25, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Why in the world would the county freeloaders approve Holiday City to eliminate the possibility of Fischer Blvd. connecting to Shorrock? Could it be that the developer's political campaign contributions influenced them? No, of course not. Did they OK another mall where Hooper meets Brick Blvd. because the developer did the same thing? No, of course not.
Martin February 25, 2012 at 07:16 PM
When it comes to road planning, the motto of the county freeloaders is "We be jammin'."
10% Tax Cut NOW February 26, 2012 at 12:03 AM
They should consider a road at the foot of Rt.70 and Sharock, there is already a jughanle which could proceed to Exit 89. This way Exit 88 north bound could be closed all together.
John C February 26, 2012 at 06:01 PM
The improvement to all of these entrance/exits have been in the planning stages for many years. All of the exchanges in brick and lakewood will be expandes to have both North and southbound exits and entrances. Based on the articles that I remember reading over the past 5 to 10 years the current Northbound entrance from Route 70 will closed and a new entrance will be constructed which will start at the jughandle at Shorock Road and procede back through the wooded area behind the hilton garden inn and meet up with the GSP northbound with a new entrance lane. I don't know if the new widening project has changed that but the improvements to the entrances (88, 89, 90 & 91 ) are supposed to be done during this project, which is why it has taken the last 5 to 10 years to actually get it started.
John C February 26, 2012 at 06:04 PM
SB Girl the GSP has been planning to upgrade exits 88, 89, 90 and 91 for years. I am pretty sure I read that it will be done as part if this project. See my other comment above for the details I remember. If you google the topic you can find a few articles from local papers on the topic from around 2005 or so they were holding public information hearings back then.
Martin February 27, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Thanks, John C, for the all-important details that were left out of the Parkway's announcement and/or the Patch report. Thousands of TR drivers have to go through Brick to go north on the GSP daily, so those interchanges really matter to us. Patch, please confirm the whole scope of the Parkway work. Thanks.
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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