Cross Street, which serves as a major thoroughfare through Lakewood, providing access for many to and from Jackson and Toms River, is about to be upgraded.
Crews began working on removing trees on Cross Street as they begin the widening process.
The project was approved by the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders in 2019.
“An Ordinance authorizing the Reconstruction and Widening of Cross Street – Phase I (East), located in the Township of Lakewood, in the County of Ocean, State of New Jersey, and appropriating $2,500,000.00 therefor and authorizing the issuance of $2,375,000.00 in Bonds or Bond Anticipation Notes of the County of Ocean to finance the same,” the board wrote in their resolution.
The project is slated to be completed in two phases. The widening will result in a 52-foot wide roadway with three continuous lanes. This will consist of a center turning lane, with a travel lane plus a shoulder in each direction. Additionally, all intersections will be designed and constructed with a 5-lane geometry, which will provide for additional turning lanes and traffic capacity at all intersections. The first stage will lay the groundwork for the future additional widening of Cross Street in Lakewood from Route 9 to Jackson Township in accordance with the adopted Ocean County Master Plan.
Area residents should be sure to check their Eruv this week, as some may have been torn down in the process.
Mayor Coles tells TLS the Township will request that the County place a fence along Cross Street to replace the right-of-way trees, which acted as a buffer until now.
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