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Sea Bright Unveils Details Of Ocean Avenue Streetscape Plan

Borough Engineer Jacki Flor explains the Ocean Avenue Streetscape Plan.

SEA BRIGHT: The borough unveiled the Ocean Avenue Streetscape Plan to the public at its Oct. 13 meeting, giving several residents their first change to view the improvements.

The project is funded by a New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) streetscape revitalization program.

"The reason that Sea Bright got this grant is because of the devastation of Hurricane Sandy," Borough Engineer Jacki Flor said. "The purpose of the grant is to revitalize the downtown."

All the work will be done from the curbs on the east and west sides of the street to the businesses and the borough parking lot from the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge to Beach Street.

"We want to try to create a public space that serves the businesses, serves the residents and provides some green infrastructure to serve the environment as well," Flor said. "We also want to do this in a way that makes it safer in the downtown."

Flor said landscaped curb bump-outs will be created at intersections to shorten the distance for people looking to cross the highway.

Other improvements include:

• Additional benches that will be pinned down

• Decorative street lights

• Way-finding signage

• ADA-compliant ramps

• New concrete sidewalks

• Additional trash receptacles that will be pinned down

• Landscaping and street trees

• Additional crosswalks

The improvements will likely begin in March and take about 4 months to complete.

The DOT's restriping plan which includes bike lanes on both sides of Ocean Avenue as well as back-in, angled parking on the west side of the street in front of the downtown businesses will likely begin before the streetscape plan is completed.

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