Lakewood Road And Traffic Light Update: Ocean County Board of Commissioners Report | Ron Benvenisti, Lakewood District 26 Rep

Ocean County has 618 miles of county roads. The most of any county in New Jersey.

• The county also maintains 259 bridges and culverts.
• Commissioners investing $24 million for road improvements in 2022.


Ocean County Road Department Lakewood Resurfacing Projects

  • Locust Street (Vermont Ave. to New Hampshire Ave.) – Overlay 2020A, potential paving Spring 2022
  • North Hope Chapel Road (South Lake Dr. to West County Line Rd.) – Overlay 2020A, potential paving Spring 2022
  • Clover Street (Rt. 88 to Cedar Bridge Ave.) – Overlay 2020D, potential paving Summer 2022
  • Massachusetts Ave (Route 70 to Cross St.) – Overlay 2021A, potential paving Fall 2022
  • County Line Road East (Ridge Ave. to Brick Twp. line) – Overlay 2021A, potential paving Fall 2022
  • South Clifton Avenue (Rt. 88 to Hurley Ave.) – Road Dept. list for 2022 Hurley Avenue (Rt. 9 to South Clifton Ave.) – Road Dept. list for 2022
  • Cedar Bridge Avenue (Vine St. to New Hampshire Ave.) – Overlay 2022B, potential paving Spring 2023
  • Squankum Road (East County Line Rd. to Monmouth County line) – Overlay 2022B, potential paving Spring 2023
  • Prospect Street (Cross St. to Route 9) – Design and permitting in progress, construction to begin in 2023
  • Cross Street Phase 1 (Rt. 9 to Augusta) – Advertise Summer 2022
  • Cross Street Phase 2 (Augusta to Rt. 528) – Advertise Summer 2023

Lakewood Traffic Signal Projects

The County Tax Rate Has Decreased For the Past Six Years

Ocean County Maintains its AAA Bond Rating

Fitch: “The AAA ratings reflect Ocean County’s exceptionally
strong gap-closing capacity which incorporate its manageable
expenditure growth demands, a demonstrated ability to control
expenditures during economic downturns, and high independent
legal revenue raising capacity within statutory tax caps.”

Moody’s Investors Service: “Ocean County benefits from a very
large tax base and a small debt burden. The county is currently
experiencing a sustained financial economic rebound from the
damage experienced during Superstorm Sandy.”

Ocean County Board of Social Services

The Ocean County Board of Social Services is the largest provider of services to the homeless and at-risk population of Ocean County. In 2022, the Ocean County
Board of Commissioners allocated $19.3 million to the Board of Social Services to help those in need.
More than $600 million in direct benefits flow into Ocean County to assist eligible individuals and families.

Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation


Ocean County Natural Lands Trust Fund

  • 2 cent dedicated tax approved by voters in 1997.
  • Program generates $10 million a year.
  • 25,000 Acres Preserved
  • Farmland Preservation: Program Protects an additional 3,357 acres spread across 55 farms



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  1. The story of Lakewood roads for dummies

    1) Lakewood township approves a development

    2)so now we need more ‘road room’

    3)but it’s a ‘county (or state) road’

    4)so Lakewood township requests road improvements from the county

    5)the county tells the township “it was your choice to make the development, why should we have to make road improvements for ‘your’ problem?!”

    6) steps 1 to 5 are repeated for the last 10 years

    7)result is Lakewood traffic mess

    Possible solution: the county should release authority of their roads to Lakewood township

  2. vote them all out, the roads in this town are terrible. In other states and countries these roads would not be allowed, these are the roads of a third world country. I will send them a bill when my car breaks from all the constant jostling from driving on these terrible roads.

  3. Best escape route is serious Teshuva and Achdus together with the rest of klal yisroel ASAP and get direct route to Eretz Yisroel and the Shofar and coming of Mashiach.

    Hope it happens ASAP and we stop living in denial thinking we can fool Hashem the king of kings master of the world and knows that we get his wake up calls for serious Teshuva and Achdus together ASAP. Rather it’s the coronavirus pandemic Mageifa or 9/11 or any other tragic wake up call in between.
    Nothing is coincidence and everything has a direct wake up call from Hashem.

  4. the new striping northbound on forest ave between county line and kennedy
    will cause traffic to overflow and block the county line intersection
    a bissel seichel

    this is one of thos spots where they combine the left turn with the straight traffic and the right turn has a lane for themselves
    this mistake was made in many areas including hope and north lake
    hope and new central
    cross and the 9
    a bissel seichel
    and a bissel respect for the lkwd drivers

  5. Recently James St. was related across the railroad crossing. There is a terrible depression on the west side of the street at the railroad crossing. Is this going to be repaired or not and if not, why????

    • I know. I hate it. It’s not necessary, IMO. I will bring it up again. A long grade has to be made to even it out. I will speak with the engineers.

      • This is the story. We are waiting for the railroad to complete their project, with cooperation from JCP&L. The same is true of the light at James & Williams. You will notice that there is a massive construction project taking place at the intersection that is adding to delays. The County has had problems coordinating all the necessary parties because of cascading events beginning with the pandemic which has set back the schedule for completion. The County engineer is working diligently with all participants to get back on track.

        Please feel free to contact: John Ernst, The County Engineer, at 732-929-2130 with any additional concerns.

  6. The other problem with traffic here is drivers not being courteous, the light will turn red and 5 or 6 more cars will go through it, this causes back up, the lights are timed to keep traffic moving but it only works if you follow that rule. Please teach and enforce this at every school and church so people can learn to drive properly.

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