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The new traffic signal at the West County Line Road and Teaberry Court intersection is set to go live this Tuesday.

According to the traffic signal plans obtained by FAA News, once activated, the traffic signal will permit lead traffic for eastbound left-turning vehicles. During the busy daytime hours, this green left-turning arrow will activate for 10-13 seconds.

In 2016, a petition launched by the residents of the area requesting this traffic signal received 500 signatures.

After several nudges, the Ocean County Engineering Department approved the traffic signal request and got to work designing the project.

It was bid out in September 2021, and on October 20, 2021, the Ocean County Board of Commissioners formally awarded the contract for the new traffic signal to J.C. Contracting, Inc. of Rahway, NJ for $267,521.60. This was the lowest bid among several bids received for this contract.

Road work began once the Ocean County Engineering Department finalized right-of-way acquisition to be able to relocate the curb and sidewalk.

The traffic signal masts and poles were installed earlier this past Fall. The electrical connection which will permit activation of the traffic signal is now set to be completed on Tuesday.

In March 2022, in preparation for this new signal, Lakewood's Township Committee adopted a No Stopping or Standing ordinance, along the east side of Teaberry Court from the northerly curb line of County Line Road to a point 118 feet north along the easterly curb line of Teaberry Court, and along the west side of Teaberry Court, from the northerly curb line of County Line Road to a point 95 feet north along the westerly curb line of Teaberry Court. This curb of this area has been yellow painted as well.

On May 12, 2022, the Township Committee formalized an agreement with the county that the Township will assume all costs associated with the electrical current to be provided for this new traffic signal.

Improving County Line Road is a continuing project for the county’s engineering department.

In March 2019 the then-Ocean County Board of Freeholders awarded a $1,625,202.67 contract to C.J. Hesse Inc., of Forked River, New Jersey, for widening of the County Line Road/ Brook Road with left turning lanes as well as installation of associated drainage basin on Brook Road to collect the water runoff that will be caused by the additional impervious coverage of the new travel lanes. New curbing was also installed along Brook Road.

This project is already substantially complete.

As previously reported here on FAA News, the County Board of Commissioners just recently awarded a $338,877 contract to J.C. Contracting for installation of a new traffic signal at the County Line Road/ Brookwood Parkway intersection at the Lakewood/ Jackson border.

The project includes installation of an eastbound left turning lane from County Line Road onto Brookwood Parkway. The new traffic signal will include a left turning arrow to provide 10-13 seconds for protected lead left turns. Additionally, guide lines will be striped to assist left turning traffic to ensure no one crashes into the median boulevard. A right turning arrow will be installed on Brookwood Parkway to keep that traffic flowing while County Line Road traffic has protected left turns.

Right-of-way acquisition is already underway for that project.

As previously reported here on FAA News, using federal funds, Ocean County and the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority will soon begin a comprehensive study to bring long-term major traffic improvements to address congestion and safety along Kennedy Boulevard and County Line Road between Squankum Road and Laurelwood Avenue.

Solicitation of bids on this study were recently completed and the contract is expected to be awarded in February.

County officials are also in the process of planning improvements to the intersections of Ridge Avenue and Joe Parker as well. The Ocean County Board of Commissioners recently approved funding for that upcoming project, however the project has not yet gone out to bid.

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