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County to Hire Consultant for Multi-Town Traffic Study

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Construction at interchange 91 of the Garden State Parkway in Brick, Oct. 26, 2016. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Construction at interchange 91 of the Garden State Parkway in Brick, Oct. 26, 2016. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Ocean County will contract with a consulting firm to develop a new traffic study that will map out future roadway projects in the northern portion of the county.

The study, which will be conducted by Stantec Consulting Services for $108,000, is largely in response to the dramatic growth of Lakewood Township and its effect on the towns it borders.

“You can hardly move now, and if we donโ€™t take action, you wonโ€™t be able to move at all,” said Freeholder Jack Kelly. “And it impacts the neighboring municipalities because that traffic is going somewhere.”

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The county has begun meeting with representatives from Lakewood, Brick, Toms River and Jackson to acquire input from local officials. The recommendations of the study will be used to upgrade Ocean County’s countywide transportation model which was last updated in 2013.

In addition to reviewing all traffic data currently available from the county, the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority and the state Department of Transportation, the consultant also will look at socioeconomic data, zoning information, planned developments, approved developments, and certificates of occupancy, officials said.

“This will be a comprehensive study that addresses growth in the northern section of the county and how it impacts the county road network,” said Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph Vicari. “We need to make certain we do whatever we can to provide the best road network possible for motorists and pedestrians.”

Ocean County operates the largest county road network in New Jersey.

A timeline for the study is expected to be established during the county’s first meeting with Stantec, however, the consultant is expected to begin traffic counts by April.

The consultant will develop forecasts for years 2025 and 2040 based on the traffic counts, the Route 9 corridor study and the updated data collected.

While the study is underway, the county will continue with current maintenance and capital projects, Kelly. In the works now are two projects in the target area โ€“ new signals will be constructed at two intersections that currently do not have traffic signals in Lakewood. The intersections are at New Hampshire Avenue and America Avenue and Cedarbridge Avenue and Avenue of the States.


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  • Beach N8iv

    Consultants, of course. They’ll fix everything! Why didn’t I think of that?

    • Josh

      if you know a better way by all means start a company and do it. this is what 99.9% of all municipalities, county, state and even federal governments do with these types of issues.

      you’d rather them just start building more roads and adding more lanes in places where they’d have to use eminent domain to take private land? just so long as it’s not in front of your house right.

      • Beach N8iv

        If they are willing to pay a fair price, sure. Less grass for me to mow. If you REALLY want to know what you need have a handful of construction professionals along with some commuters and a few home owners from the area get together with coffee and have them sit down and discuss it. Now THAT would work as well as save tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    • Exit91b

      I think the consultant/traffic study thing works like this:

      The politicians and behind-the-scenes decision makers decide what the outcome will be..

      Then they hire a consultant to rubber stamp the desired outcome and fill in the details. The consultants will also produce pretty multi-colored maps, ‘artists conceptions’, and a Power Point slide show.

      When the plan is announced, it will be unpopular. The political people will point their fingers at the consultants and tell us that it is out of their hands, they are only doing what the professionals tell them to do.

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      Wait and see. I think the Ocean County Freeholders have already decided to dump more Lakewood traffic on Brick, Toms River and Jackson. When the consultants announce this plan, (after their ‘traffic study’) it will be unpopular. Then watch the county politicians tell us that they have to do it because the consultants told them to.

      • Beach N8iv

        You forgot the SIX FIGURE price tag.