Barnegat Wants Flooded Street Corner Resolved

Feb 06, 2019
Photo by: Ryan Morrill

Barnegat Township officials are hoping that the state Department of Transportation can resolve a flooding situation at the corner of Route 9 and Gunning River Road. While the area has been known to be flood prone over the years, the situation has been exacerbated in recent months.

“There has been record rainfall this past year, and the water tables there are really high,” said Mayor Alfonso Cirulli. “There isn’t any storm drain, so if we get a good amount of rain, that water has nowhere to go, and it can sit there for days.”

Cirulli said that while the flooding has yet to impede traffic on Route 9, which is state-owned, drivers heading south on the roadway are forced to make a wide turn when turning right onto Gunning River, which is a county road. Occasionally, construction barriers have been set up to warn motorists. 

“But if this doesn’t get fixed soon, it will get worse,” he said.

Township Engineer John Hess said he has been in touch with state DOT engineers and they are working on a drainage system, but there was no timetable yet.

“Gunning River is a county road and is affected by this, but there is no indication that the county is getting involved,” he said.

Hess said the flooded area once had a small, dilapidated building, which was torn down several years ago.

“Whether that has anything to do with the problem, I’m not certain,” he said. E.E.

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