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4 New Traffic Lights For Long Beach Island
Red lights will regulate traffic in four new spots in Long Beach Township after a safety improvement project is finished by the county on the Boulevard. New signals will be installed at 38th and 64th streets in Brant Beach, 105th Street in Beach Haven Park and 26th Street in Spray Beach, a county press representative confirmed Feb. 2 from information from the Ocean County Engineering Department.
The new traffic lights are part of a multi-phase project at 23 intersections, the county announced, with this phase scheduled to get underway by spring and be finished by summer. At its Feb. 3 meeting, the county board of freeholders is expected to authorize putting the project out to bid.
“This is a large project and will be done in phases so as not to interrupt the summer tourism season on Long Beach Island,” said Freeholder John P. Kelly, director of law and public safety. “When this is completed, we will have improved driver and pedestrian safety at 23 intersections.”
The upgrades at the four streets listed are in the first phase and will be completed before the start of the summer season, Kelly said.
At the 19 other intersections, the upgrades are designed to make existing traffic lights more visible. That will involve “upgrading the existing wire span supported traffic signals to conventional, solid mast arm signals,” county representatives described. “The new traffic signals also have larger lenses and are compliant with all of today’s highway safety standards.”
“This project really focuses on pedestrian safety,” Kelly said. “These signals will include count-down heads,” he said, referring to graphics, “and push buttons to assist pedestrians in getting safely across Long Beach Boulevard.”
Kelly noted that Ocean County has closely worked with Long Beach Township officials in bringing this project to fruition.
“The township was able to secure a federal grant for improvements for pedestrian safety, and they are sharing the cost with the county for this work,” he said. “We are happy to work in cooperation with the Island towns to make these public safety improvements.”
At the Feb.1 meeting of Long Beach Township commissioners, Mayor Joseph H. Mancini answered a question from a resident about the coming project.
“The street (traffic) lights that we have in now are not legal up to current codes,” the mayor explained. “The streetlights that they have in Ship Bottom that extend over every lane, that’s what we have to phase into.”
Ocean County has already completed traffic signal improvements in many of the towns north of the Causeway.
The board of freeholders is scheduled to go out to bid for two additional contracts later this year as part of the multi-year project.
“When we are done, we will have 23 greatly improved intersections, all with traffic signals that are in timed coordination,” Kelly said. “This will be a welcomed safety improvement for our year-round residents and our seasonal visitors.”
Article Courtesy of— Maria Scandale
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