Surf City’s Barnegat Avenue to Become County Road in New Year

Nov 28, 2018
Photo by: Ryan Morrill

With the dawn of the New Year, the transfer of ownership of Barnegat Avenue from Surf City to Ocean County will finally come to fruition. Officials have been hammering out the details for more than a year of what will be a swap: The borough will take control of Ninth Street.

Mayor Francis Hodgson made the announcement at the borough council meeting earlier this month. County Engineer John Ernst confirmed this week that in addition to taking over Ninth Street the borough will also be responsible for parking areas along Long Beach Boulevard from North Third Street to North 11th Street.

“The county will be responsible for edge of pavement to edge of pavement, including drainage and medians,” Ernst said.

So, what does that mean for the public? Not much, according to Ernst.

“It’s not something that is visible,” he said. “It’s just something that is handled. We become responsible for drainage, signs and striping, edge of the pavement to edge of the pavement. We’re not responsible for sidewalks and curbs.”

The county already has ownership of Barnegat Avenue in neighboring Ship Bottom.

Earlier this year, the borough undertook several road improvement projects on Barnegat Avenue including curbing, milling, paving and drainage as part of funding from the state Department of Transportation. Inclement weather in the winter and spring pushed the work back, but it was eventually completed before summer was in full swing.  G.G.S.

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