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Two Years To Go For Interchange 91 Construction in Brick

The corner of Burrsville and Burnt Tavern roads in Brick, with a new Santander bank branch under construction. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
The corner of Burrsville and Burnt Tavern roads in Brick, with a new Santander bank branch under construction. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

The latest estimates from Ocean County officials have the Garden State Parkway interchange 91 realignment project in Brick being completed in Feb. 2017.

County engineering officials were on hand at a township council meeting Tuesday night to brief the governing body on the project’s progress since it began in October. The project will last a total of 850 days, said John Ernst, engineering director for the county. The first step in the project – clearing wooded areas where new Parkway exit and entrance ramps will be constructed – is about done.

“All of the clearings for this project are finished,” said County Engineer Frank Scarantino. “In most of the other cases, the clearing that was accomplished was to facilitate utility relocations.”


The project, nine years in the making, will include numerous new entrance and exit ramps. Changes include:

  • A new northbound entrance ramp from Burnt Tavern Road and Lanes Mill Road, with access to the park-and-ride lot on the east side of the Parkway.
  • A second northbound entrance ramp for vehicles traveling eastbound on Burnt Tavern Road. This ramp will allow access from Burrsville Road. The single existing northbound ramp will be eliminated.
  • New northbound exit and entrance ramps linking the Parkway and Burrsville Road.
  • A new southbound entrance ramp for traffic heading west on Burnt Tavern Road.
  • A second southbound entrance ramp linking Lanes Mill Road with the Parkway. Herborn Avenue will be extended south and east to Lanes Mill Road, where it will meet the new entrance ramp and a signaled intersection.

The county awarded a $21,319,770 contract for the project, which will be broken into three states, in August 2014.


Interchange 91 Realignment (Source: Ocean County Engineering Department)
Interchange 91 Realignment (Source: Ocean County Engineering Department)

Download the full engineering plan/map for the interchange 91 project here.

Now that the clearings are completed, construction crews will move on to building the new entrance and exit lanes, Scarantino said.

“Fortunately, a lot of the construction you see is off-road, so they’re really not impacting traffic that much,” he said.

The work to build the new entrances and exits from the highway will take until July of this year, then crews will get to work realigning roads on the eastern side of the Parkway, Ernst said. That work will take another year, ending some time in July 2016. The third stage will involve shifting utility lines to accommodate the new makeup of the area. Ernst said the county engineering department has been working with JCP&L, Verizon, Comcast and New Jersey Natural Gas to facilitate that work, which will take until Feb. 2017 to complete.

The project will also include seven water features, including two basins on Burrsville Road to help control flooding in the area. The remaining basins, scattered throughout the project area, will help improve water quality by catching suspended solids before they reach groundwater supplies.

The overall goal of the project is to allow access to the Parkway from all local roads, regardless of the direction motorists want to go. The improvements will add seven new traffic lights, but relieve traffic because the lights will be timed to optimize traffic flow and cars accessing the Parkway will be able to exit the local roadways at convenient locations rather than sit through multiple light cycles trying to jockey for position in jug handles and at busy intersections. In most cases, Scarantino said, a driver who would have sat through five light cycles will now only sit through one.

“Pretty much any move you can think of can be made very easily,” he said.

  • Joseph Woolston Brick

    Almost three years of construction for an interchange? Nine years in all? It never ceases to amazing me how long projects take to build using modern day equipment when the Empire State Building using late 1920’s early 30’s technology only took one year and 45 days to complete from ground breaking to doors opening for business. Rockefeller Center in NYC took nine years.. Fourteen skyscrapers were built on the property which began on May 17,
    1930, and completed in 1939. The Hoover Dam took 7 years from shovel to completion. Are you getting what I’m driving at? With todays technology it should take a lot less time!

    • Tom Russo

      Todays contractors are paid by the job not the hour…..back in 1920s and 1930s job saftey was at a low and no unions back then and no OSHA either…..kind of unfair to compare the two era’s…..JMO

    • DragonDad77

      If they could shut down the roads it would get done quicker. They have to do this while keeping those roads open.

      Look how quick they rebuilt 35 where it was washed out when they didn’t have to worry about traffic.

    • JW P

      Indeed. These projects take too long and this one is just a nightmare. North Brick is a Benny community- we need to go North and come back. None of us need a southbound entrance or a northbound exit. What business do any of us have with inbred pineys and Philly hicks anyway?

  • Frank Rizzo

    These Union guys make too much money and have pensions. We should allow the contractor to hire as he needs and who he needs at a rate of pay he establishes. Why should the tax payer or toll payer have to foot the bill for Union retirments.

    • JW P

      Sure, we’ll hire some sleazeball fly by night crook with a truckload of Mexican illegals who won’t finish the job. Good idea Archie Bunker.

  • Trevor

    The price we pay for adding a couple of new exits is our town now looks like Newark.

    • Brandy the Dog

      It does look awful and I want to know how Dan took a picture with only 3 cars in it, it has been a traffic nightmare!

  • Ned

    I’m hard pressed to think the addition of 7 traffic lights will improve traffic flow. Probably will need an eighth light at Patriot and Burrsville Road. It’s almost impossible to get off Patriot morning or afternoon.

  • Mac

    perhaps if the Parkway/Turnpike elite ivory tower ‘experts’ used a contractor that was more productive in its ability to construct roads rather than just in its ability to make political contributions, the work would not only be done faster, but also superior to most of the second-grade improvements we usually experience from these goldbrickers

  • kickyourace

    And Pleasant Plains South Bound will be when?

  • JJones

    IT has been a nightmare to drive those street before this project and now God bless the people in that area they will have to put up with a total traffic disaster …

    • Mac

      ah, lemonade stands galore

  • Michele Spector

    The need for basins has been a scam. The trees did a fine job of draining rainwater. But I guess DEP thinks their basins work better than mother nature. These basins do nothing for water quality as confirmed by the environmental company who did a report for the DEP. Brick has Sandy soil and it doesn’t flood in this area. The water has drained just fine. Just engineers feeding and the trough. Let’s not forget that mosquitoes are the state bird and now that we have West Nile, I suppose someone should be worried, but they’re not.

  • Randal Habick

    I know this must be like beating a dead horse but I have not seen anyone doing any work on this interchange for the last two – three months. How long is this disaster going to be ongoing? Did the company go bankrupt? Is the State of NJ following up on these construction jobs that have disrupted out lives and ruined our cars?