MARLBORO, NJ – Monmouth County’s Department of Public Works and Engineering is working to address traffic concerns on Newman Springs Road (CR 520), at the intersections of State Route 79 and Wyncrest Road.
“The intersection of Route 79 and CR 520 is operated by the State, but since CR 520 is a County road, I have asked the County’s engineering staff to study the traffic at the State controlled intersection,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Gary J. Rich, Sr. “The County Engineer has sent a letter to the State detailing the results of their studies and suggested improvements.”
The letter requests that the NJ DOT perform an evaluation of current traffic conditions and implement measures to improve traffic flow and safety at the intersection.
“Currently, there is no lead left turn signal onto CR 520,” said Thomas A. Arnone, liaison to the Department of Public Works and Engineering. “This causes traffic delays during peak travel times as drivers attempt to turn left onto CR 520 from State Route 79. We are seeking relief for our motorists.”
A second intersection in Marlboro currently being reviewed by the County is CR 520 at Wyncrest Road.
“The County is aware of concerns with traffic delays that exist on westbound CR 520,” said Rich. “We are investigating the placement of a left turn signal from westbound CR 520 onto southbound Wyncrest Road in an effort to improve traffic flow.”
The County has already begun the required investigations to enable a design that will satisfy traffic needs. Traffic counts were conducted last this week to collect current volumes and a field survey is being scheduled to locate utilities and right of way lines.
Work at the intersection will include new signal heads with a left turn arrow for the westbound side of CR 520. The road is also included in the County’s annual resurfacing program and is scheduled to be paved once the signal improvements are completed at the intersection.
“As the County has grown over the years, there has been an increase in traffic,” said Arnone. “What accommodated local traffic flows years ago is sometimes not sufficient today. This is the case with both of these Marlboro intersections.”