OCEANPORT: Borough officials are planning on improving several roads this year.
Oceanport Mayor Jay Coffey said in his monthly mayor's message that the borough's engineers have indicated that more roads should be improved compared to past practices.
"Over the past decade, the Borough has averaged about 6/10 of a mile in road repair/replacement each year," Coffey said. "Our engineers have indicated that we should be averaging anywhere from 1.6 to 1.9 miles each year."
Coffey said this year's budget will set aside money for several projects including fixing the drainage problem on Myrtle Avenue. Sidewalks will also be added to the street from Monmouth Boulevard to Port Au Peck Avenue.
The mayor also announced that the borough will be partnering with Monmouth County to repave Myrtle Avenue and Monmouth Boulevard.
The intersection of Oceanport Avenue and Main Street will also be redesigned and realigned and a new signaling system will be installed. Coffey said the "majority" of the the funding for the project will come from a New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) grant.
He said several smaller roads will also be improved.
A good number of secondary roads (including, but not limited to, Milton, Avon, and Allenhurst) are also scheduled for upgrade," Coffey said. "Our three, five, and seven year plans will ultimately address how all the roads in Oceanport will be improved."
Flooding is another issue that Coffey hopes to address in this year's budget. He said the Borough will be bonding $1.3 million over the next 4 years to cover the cost to install check valves at each of the outfalls in town to help prevent river water from backing up into the drains and onto the streets. He said the borough has also applied for grant funding to offset the cost of the valves.
"We believe that while street repair and drain cleanout may not be sexiest way to spend our tax dollars, they represent the most prudent expenditure of capital and will prove to the best investment in our town's future," Coffey said.
The municipal budget is expected to be introduced in either April or May.