By Freeholder Tom Arnone
TRAFFIC SIGNALS are of great significance in that they help to control the flow of traffic as well as helping to ensure the safety of our residents. Recently, there was a traffic signal activation ceremony held on the corner of Locust Avenue and Parker Roadin the Borough of West Long Branch. This project came about as a result of Mayor Tucci requesting that the County study this intersection to allow better traffic flow from Parker Road onto County Route 15 (Locust Avenue) and to improve safety and access for the Frank Antonides Middle School and the West Long Branch Community Center. Based on the County’s study our in-house County engineers designed this state of the art traffic signal which has dedicated turn lanes, improved crosswalks and push-button control pedestrian signals. The traffic signal uses LED lights that costs less to operate and is eco-friendly.
In addition, The Board of Chosen Freeholders will be awarding the construction of intersection improvements at County Route 40A (Memorial Drive) and Evergreen Avenue, in the Boroughs of Neptune City and Bradley Beach to lowest bidder Green Construction, Inc. from South River. These improvements consist of minor realignment of the intersection, an installation of a new traffic signal and railroad warning devices. This intersection has been identified by the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority as a location with excessive frequency of right angle crashes which are correctable by the installation of a traffic signal. I am very pleased that this very much needed safety improvement project will be awarded, and construction of the improvements will commence shortly. I am particularly pleased to see this coming to fruition as it is a project I began working on while serving my time as Mayor of Neptune City along with the great Freeholder Board at that time. Since then, and now serving as a Freeholder on the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, I have had the good fortune of being able to continue to work on this project with the current Neptune City Mayor, Robert Brown and the Council. Additionally, I have received the full support and cooperation from my fellow Freeholders on this project. Being able to be part of this project from the start of its inception through its completion has been a rewarding experience for me, as this is something I have worked very hard on getting done to help ensure the safety of our residents.
Lastly, The Board of Chosen Freeholders just approved a $500,000.00 grant application to the NJDOT for a Foamed Asphalt Cold-In-Place Recycling pilot project at a location to be determined in the County of Monmouth. I received a letter from Cherry, Weber & Associates, PC regarding the consultant’s prior use and successful completion of a project for the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission using this Foamed asphalt technology at the New Hope-Lambertville Toll Bridge. I reached out to Honorable David M. DelVecchio, Mayor of Labertville to discuss this project. Based on his recommendation I asked our Engineering Division to evaluate its potential use on Monmouth County roads. Foamed Asphalt Cold-In-Place Recycling is a “Green” technology that incorporates the reuse of the existing asphalt pavement when we reconstruct our County roads. Recycling and reusing the existing asphalt materials has many advantages, including the reduction of waste millings which end up at our landfill; significant reductions in construction truck trips on roadways; shorter required durations of work; and significantly lower project costs (approximately 60% less than traditional methods).Although its use is still relatively new to the U.S., this technology has been used successfully in other parts of the country, and is now being investigated for use in New Jersey by the NJDOT.