By Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone
While I could say the last few weeks have been very busy, the truth of the matter is that the County stays busy around the year with ongoing projects and initiatives.
I would like to provide a few updates from the departments I oversee, including the County’s Department of Public Works and Engineering. I’m proud to serve as the liaison to this department and cannot praise enough the tremendous work these – and all – County employees do on a daily basis to maintain the high quality of life we enjoy in Monmouth County.
One ongoing project this department has been working on is the rehabilitation of the East End Avenue Bridge, located between Neptune Township and Neptune City. This project was designed to improve overall safety of the traveling public in the area. Additionally, it’s $3.7 million cost will receive 92% of its funding through the New Jersey State Transportation Trust Fund, with the remainder of funding coming from the County, at no cost to the municipalities.
The scope of the project includes, but is not limited to, concrete deck repairs, a bridge sidewalk replacement, a bridge railing upgrade, decorative pedestrian lighting with architectural treatment and resurfacing, as well as upgrades to the guide rail and bridge railing. The County’s engineering department continues to coordinate with the Neptune City and Neptune Township police departments to monitor and adjust traffic conditions associated with the detour currently in place.
I’m proud to say the project still remains on schedule to be completed by this Memorial Day. I’m sure I am joined by many in saying I am looking forward to its reopening in just a few short months.
I would also like to give a brief update on the Shark River dredging project. While the actual dredging portion of this project was completed in December, the entire project is expected to be completed this spring. This includes the breakdown and removal of dredging materials from the work site on Seaview Island.
The County’s engineering department will continue to independently monitor the site conditions and respond to concerns from residents in order to minimize inconvenience and disruptions to Seaview Island residents and the traveling public.
On a final note, I am excited to say the County is starting to gear up for the summer tourism season. Plans are already in the works for our annual kickoff event. Once details are finalized, I will let everyone know where they can join me and my fellow Freeholders to kickoff summer 2018!
Until then, stay warm and stay safe during inclement weather! We’re almost to the spring season, just a few more weeks!
As always, it’s a privilege to serve as your Freeholder Director. I look forward to continuing to serve!