Road Work to Begin This Month on Surf City’s Barnegat Avenue

Sep 20, 2017

Dreams really do come true. Homeowners on Barnegat Avenue from 11th Street south to Fifth Street in Surf City will see one of theirs come to fruition when a much-anticipated project to repave and repair the roadway begins later this month.

Work includes drainage, median work and repaving, according to Councilwoman Jacqueline Siciliano. The work is expected to last about two months, and is being funded by state Department of Transportation grants from 2015 and 2016, she said.

“They’re raising Barnegat Avenue by 6 inches,” Mayor Francis Hodgson added, noting that should help alleviate some, if not all, of the flooding issues on the roadway, which runs parallel to both Central Avenue and Long Beach Boulevard in both Surf City and Ship Bottom.

Siciliano said she and the mayor met with homeowners on Fifth Street just last month to discuss flooding issues in that area.

Earlier this year, Surf City received $260,000 in grant money from the state DOT to help with the cost of repaving and reconstructing a portion of the road, which is expected to be earmarked for Barnegat Avenue from Fifth Street to Third Street.

There’s still no official word about the county’s assuming responsibility for Barnegat Avenue, a deal that’s been in the works since earlier this summer. Once that comes down the line, Surf City would take over Ninth Street in return for the county taking on Barnegat Avenue. —G.G.S.

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