Ocean County officials are getting ready to gradually phase in the last traffic changes needed to complete Interchange 91 in Brick Township beginning with the traffic signal at Lanes Mill Road on Aug. 7.
“We anticipate the bulk of the work will be completed in about a month,” said Freeholder John P. Kelly, Director of Law and Public Safety. “Once all the traffic signals are working properly, signage has been installed and the remainder of the work is done, the improvements at the interchange will be open to motorists.
“We are looking forward to completing this work,” Kelly said. “Interchange 91 improvements are expected to increase safety and reduce commuter congestion.” According to the Ocean County Engineering Department, the new northbound Garden State Parkway entrance ramp on Lanes Mill Road east of the parkway will open on or about Thursday, Aug. 10.
In addition, the traffic signal will be put into flash operation on or about Monday Aug. 7. It will be fully operational when the new northbound Garden State Parkway entrance ramp will open.
Signage will be provided to direct westbound Burnt Tavern Road and southbound Lanes Mill Road drivers to use the new entrance ramp. Eastbound Burnt Tavern Road and northbound Burrsville Road drivers will continue to use the existing northbound Garden State Parkway entrance ramp located on Burnt Tavern Road, just west of Lanes Mill Road.
“We are closely working with the Brick Township Police Department so these traffic changes will be instituted smoothly and safely,” Kelly said. “We appreciate the cooperation we have received from the Township and we hope motorists will take their time and learn the new traffic patterns.
“Getting everyone to and from their destinations safely is a top priority for the Board of Freeholders,” Kelly said. “We will continue to inform the public of the changes as we move toward the completion of this project.”
The new configuration of Interchange 91 west of the Parkway became operational May 16 when the County activated new traffic signals in the area of the interchange.
Traffic signals at Stephan Road and Lanes Mill Road, Herborn Avenue Extension and Lanes Mill Road, Herborn Avenue and Burnt Tavern Road and Burnt Tavern and Lanes Mill roads and the Garden State Parkway ramp were all activated in their new configuration to accommodate the new and reconfigured entrance and exit ramps for Garden State Parkway Southbound.
The improvements at Interchange 91 include the addition and relocation of on and off ramps to create a fully accessible interchange with both northbound and southbound entrance and exit ramps.
Exit 91 had allowed only northbound vehicles to enter the Parkway, while only southbound traffic could exit.
“The improvements are expected to increase the level of performance on the roadway now and 20 years into the future,” said Kelly, who serves as liaison to the Ocean County Engineering Department.
The project is being done in partnership with Ocean County, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and the state of New Jersey.
“This is one of our most far-reaching designs to upgrade a Parkway interchange,” said Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari. “We’ve worked closely with the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and Brick Township to redesign this interchange to meet the needs of the region’s growing population.
“This project will meet the needs of our growing population far into the future,” Vicari said. “This area is home to a large number of commuters and this will help ease their ride to and from work. It also will help with summer visitors accessing Ocean County.”
Kelly noted the redesign will also allow easier access to the Park-N-Ride commuter lots on both the east and west sides of the highway.
“Not only will this almost totally new interchange ease traffic on nearby Lanes Mill Road and Burnt Tavern Road, it will also reduce congestion at nearby Exit 90 at Chambers Bridge Road,” Kelly said. “Many of those motorists who now drive the extra miles from Chambers Bridge Road to northern Brick and Point Pleasant will now be able to use this interchange instead.”
Once completed the project will provide:
- A new northbound entrance ramp from Burnt Tavern Road and Lanes Mill Road, with access to the Park-N-Ride lot on the east side of the Parkway.
- A second northbound entrance ramp for vehicles traveling eastbound on Burnt Tavern Road. This ramp will also allow access from Burrsville Road. The single existing northbound ramp will be eliminated.
- A new northbound exit ramp linking the Parkway and Burrsville Road.
- A new southbound entrance ramp for traffic heading west on Burnt Tavern Road.
- A second southbound entrance ramp linking Lanes Mill Road with the Parkway. Herborn Avenue would be extended south and east to Lanes Mill Road, where it would meet the new entrance ramp at a signaled intersection.
- Southbound Parkway traffic could exit at the existing ramp or continue under the Burnt Tavern Road Bridge and use a new ramp that will link with Lanes Mill Road at a second new signaled interchange.