Barnegat Leader

Repaving Begins on Barnegat Boulevard North

Jul 20, 2018

At this time last year, Barnegat Township raised concerns about Barnegat Boulevard North, namely the poor conditions of the roadway and what the township committee said is a dangerous condition at Route 9. One of those problems is being addressed, as the county announced the roadway will be repaved between Route 9 and West Bay Avenue.

County Engineer John Ernst said the repaving will begin this week and crews will be working in the overnight hours. He expected the work to be completed in nine days.

Concerning the intersection, Ernst said the county had forwarded concerns from Barnegat to the state Department of Transportation, but did not get a response.

“The state gets a lot of these requests, so they prioritize them,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll hear something soon.”

Last year, Barnegat Committeeman John Novak had asked the police traffic safety unit to conduct a study of the intersection, with which he is quite familiar.

“I take that way home every day from Toms River, and I have seen so many near misses there,” he said. “Making the problem even worse is that any crash there will cause a huge tie-up on Route 9.”

Novak said the problem regards the southbound lanes. He said as vehicles are heading south past the TD Bank branch, there is one lane for going right onto Barnegat Boulevard, and the other lane is for both straight traffic and vehicles turning left onto Bayshore Drive.

“When people stop to make a left onto Bayshore Drive, drivers a few cars back might not realize that person has stopped,” said Novak. “This would lead to a rear-end collision. When a car is stopped, attempting to make a left turn, a lot of drivers will veer into the other lane to get around that car. This also is a dangerous situation.”

Police Chief Keith Germain said there were two possible solutions.

“The first one is an adjustment to the travel lanes and the addition of a left-turn lane for the southbound Route 9 traffic to make a left onto Bayshore Drive,” he said. “The right-turn-only lane could be modified from a right turn only to also include the traffic traveling straight. A left turn lane on the opposite side of the intersection could also be added for the traffic traveling north on Route 9 onto Barnegat Boulevard North.”

Germain said a second option would be to create a cut-through from Route 9 to Barnegat Boulevard for the traffic that would turn right from Route 9 to Barnegat Boulevard.

“The current lane that is for right turn only would then be utilized as a straight only lane,” he said. “The cut-through would merge onto Barnegat Boulevard where a dedicated lane already exists. This would reduce the amount of vehicles at the intersection and reduce some of the issues that have occurred there.”

— Eric Englund

 

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