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County Plans Major Changes For West Park Avenue

OCEAN TOWNSHIP: The plans for major improvements along West Park Avenue in town and two other intersections in Eatontown and Tinton Fallsw ere detailed during a special meeting on Oct. 28.

Ronald Lotrecchio, a senior engineer from Stantec, a firm hired to evaluate the plan for West Park Avenue for Monmouth County, spoke and showed off his recommended changes.

The project is divided into five segments starting at the intersection of West Park Avenue and Hope/Green Grove Road and heading east to where the road intersects Monmouth Road.

The West Park Avenue improvements would include:

• Continuous sidewalk along the corridor to improve pedestrian accessibility

• Consistent 5-foot-wide shoulder for bicycle compatibility

• Restriping the intersection at Hope/Green Grove Road to "better delineate lanes and turning bays" for safety purposes

• Pedestrian cross walks at the ramps to Route 18

• Addition of an Eastbound Right Turn Only Lane along West Park Avenue at Poplar Road

• Separate Southbound Left and Right Turn Only Lanes along Cindy Lane at West Park Avenue

• Addition of Left Turn Only Lanes on all approaches at the West Park Avenue and Whalepond Road intersection

• Re-timing of existing signals to optimize traffic flows, particularly at the approaches to State Route 35 including the creation of two additional left turn-only lanes eastbound and southbound.

• Drainage improvements would also be included in the plan

Changes are also proposed at the Twinbrook Village Apartments entrance at Armstrong Boulevard with a break in the concrete barrier on Route 35 to allow a left turn out of the complex with the help of a new traffic signal.

The Hope Road and Wyckoff/Shafto Road intersection would be upgraded with a right turn lane from northbound Hope Road to Wyckoff "since it serves as part of the route from the study area to and from the Garden State Parkway via Interchange 105," according to the project worksheet.

Lotrecchio said it is the county's intention to complete the improvements in phases, but the priority for which sections would be completed first has "not yet been determined."

Lotrecchio said he is hoping to complete the study and submit a final report to the county by the end of the year.


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