TINTON FALLS: The reconfiguration of Garden State Parkway Exit 105 will likely be complete before the end of the year.
The first phase of the project began last year and should be completed by mid-2015, possibly as early as June.
The main first phase improvement at the Hope Road intersection will include a new ramp from the Parkway North exit that would run between the Double Tree Hilton and the park and ride, and empty out onto Hope Road. Hope Road also will be widened north and south of Route 36, with new traffic signals installed.
This will let drivers headed toward Hope Road avoid the Route 36 bottleneck that exists now from cars exiting the Parkway and turning right onto Hope Road or taking the jughandle to go on Hope Road north.
Cars headed to Hope Road north will also take this new ramp south of Route 36 and then make a left onto Hope Road at the new light and proceed to cross over Route 36, without having to bother with the jug handle.
From this same area south of Route 36, there will also be a new lane that would take drivers headed toward the Monmouth Mall from Hope Road in Tinton Falls, through the woods and onto Route 36 east, completely avoiding the now-congested intersection of Hope Road and Route 36.
The existing ramps from the Parkway South will also be widened and the jughandle will remain.
The second phase of the project will begin shortly after the first phase is completed and will include the construction of a new southbound connection to Wayside Road and the construction of a second northbound deceleration lane. When the new ramp reaches Wayside Road, a traffic light will be placed at the intersection and motorists will be able to make a left or right turn.
These improvements are being performed to make it easier to access Fort Monmouth which is currently undergoing a redevelopment.