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Ribbon Cutting CR 537 - State Route 34 Print 2County Commissioners celebrate completion of State Route 34 and County Route 537 intersection improvements and bridge replacements

 

COLTS NECK, NJ – The Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to celebrate the completion of the State Route 34 (SR 34) and County Route 537 (CR 537) intersection improvement and bridge replacement project.

 

The project included the widening of SR 34, widening of CR 537, replacement of the existing traffic signal with state-of-the art technology, replacement of the CR 537 bridge (1300-A18), replacement of the SR 34 bridge (1308-152) and installation of bio-retention basins.

 

“The intersection improvement project at State Route 34 and County Route 537 set out to improve the safety and operations of the intersection as well as decrease the use of local roadways as alternate routes to avoid congestion,” said Commissioner Director Thomas A. Arnone, liaison to the County’s Department of Public Works and Engineering. “Throughout construction, the County worked closely with local businesses including Delicious Orchards, Colts Neck Stillhouse and the Orchards at Colts Neck shopping plaza to minimize disruptions to their operations. At some points, work was staggered on certain sections of the roads based on their business hours to keep their driveways open.”

 

“For nearly two decades and throughout my time in public service at the municipal and County levels, I had the persistence of vision to bring this intersection improvement to the forefront of our priorities as elected officials and brought this essential project to fruition,” said Commissioner Lillian G. Burry. “For years, residents, business owners and motorists have experienced lengthy delays and hazardous driving conditions at one of the busiest intersections in Monmouth County. The completed project has drastically altered how people travel in and through Colts Neck, especially during commuter peak hours.”

 

“As a resident of the township myself, I am personally gratified to see us reaching this significant milestone and I applaud our County Public Works and Engineering department and our partners on the state level for their tireless efforts to make this project a reality,” added Commissioner Burry.

 

This project was made possible through the County’s partnership with the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). As the intersection of State Route 34 and County Route 537 falls under NJDOT, this project would typically be run by the State. However, Monmouth County was given an opportunity to be the lead for this work so that the project could advance. This project was completed almost entirely with Federal Aid Grant and State Aid Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) dollars under the NJDOT and County agreement.

 

The State provided 75% and the County provided 25% of the total $23.3 million project cost. Of those costs, Design totaled $1.5 million, Right-of-Way acquisition totaled $1.6 million, construction totaled $17.7 million and construction support and inspection totaled $2.5 million. The County share was $5.5 million. Of the $5.5 million, the County used $5.2 million from our State Aid TTF allocations and only $300,000 from County Capital Funds to pay for non-participating construction items.

 

“I commend the County’s Department of Public Works and Engineering, and all of our partners, for the successful completion of this intersection improvement project,” said Commissioner Director Arnone. “The County kept in constant communication with the community, such as disclosing that temporary lane closures or reroutes went into effect, and made this a continuous priority.”

 

The County assembled a project design team that included Greenman-Pedersen, Inc., Amy Greene Environmental (a Davey Company), and Prestige Environmental.  We awarded a construction contract for these improvements to Rencor Inc. of Summerville.

 

In addition to Rencor, Inc., the construction team included Pantaleo Electric, Inc., ML Ruberton Construction, Co, Protec Documentation Services, Clean Earth Matters, LLC, LC Equipment, Inc., The Vann Organization, ANS Consultants, Inc., and Multifacet, Inc. The Construction Inspection and Administration design consultants included T&M Associates, Inc., Amercom, Inc., and GTS Consultants.

 

In total, the County maintains of approximately 1,000 lane miles of roads, 924 bridges and culverts and 239 traffic signals and beacons.

 

Commissioner leadership roles go to Arnone and Kiley

January 8, 2020

LINCROFT, NJ – Monmouth County Commissioner Thomas A. Arnone and Commissioner Susan M. Kiley were appointed as Commissioner Director and Commissioner Deputy Director, respectively, at the Board’s 2021 Organization Meeting held on Thursday, Jan. 7 at Brookdale Community College. 

“We held conference calls every single week with all 53 mayors, met regularly business chambers, the arts community and the many people who needed our help. We received $108 million in CARES Act funding and distributed $35 million to our businesses and non-profits, $25 million to our municipalities to reimburse for COVID-19 expenses,” added Commissioner Director Arnone. “But our work is far from done. We will work now on the COVID-19 vaccine and continue with our testing program as we carry on our fight to end this pandemic here in Monmouth County.”

“I am honored that the Board has put their faith in me to serve as Deputy Director again this year,” said Commissioner Deputy Director Kiley. “I look forward to continuing to work with Commissioner Director Arnone, and the entire Board, on behalf of our Monmouth County residents.”

Prior to the selection of the Board leadership, Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon, Commissioner Lillian G. Burry and Commissioner Ross Licitra were sworn into office.

Hanlon, who was elected into her second, five-year term, was issued the Oath of Office by the Honorable Joseph W. Oxley, Judge Superior Court Monmouth County. Burry was sworn into her fifth, three-year term as Commissioner by the Honorable Lisa P. Thornton, Judge Superior Court Monmouth County. Licitra was sworn into his first, three-year term as a Commissioner by the Honorable Lisa P. Thornton as well.

“It has been the honor of my life to serve as Monmouth County Clerk for the past five years and I am grateful to the residents of Monmouth County for placing confidence in me to serve a second term,” said Clerk Hanlon. “I look forward to the next five years with much enthusiasm and excitement.”

“Having just been re-elected to a new, three-year term, I am prepared to commit myself to making the restoration of Monmouth County my highest priority. My experience as both a government official and a business owner particularly qualify me for this mission,” said Commissioner Burry. “I am convinced we can bring Monmouth County back as a stronger, more sustainable, place for people to work, play, visit, and call home. I believe, when working together, there is nothing we can’t do.”

“It is truly an honor and a privilege for me to have been elected by the residents of Monmouth County to offer my service on the already tremendous Board of County Commissioners,” said Commissioner Licitra. “I have been a public servant my entire adult life and cannot think of a better place to bring my 35 years of government service than this Board, joining the leadership of Monmouth County.”

Each of the Commissioners thanked County Administration and employees for their hard work throughout 2020, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Last year, we were met with unprecedented challenges that impacted our local economy, resources, social services and public health systems. These were challenges that we could not have prepared for, and I am proud of the work our County has done and continues to do for our residents,” said Commissioner Nick DiRocco. “We are not done with COVID-19 yet and we are back in the throes of this pandemic. I am confident that next year, I will be able to stand here and say we once again delivered essential services to all County residents.”

The Commissioners also expressed their thanks to Commissioner Director Arnone and Commissioner Deputy Director Kiley for their dedication, leadership and responsibility to Monmouth County in 2020 as well as former Commissioner Patrick Impreveduto for his time as a public servant as a Commissioner, formerly referred to as Freeholder, as well as Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Holmdel Township.

The Commissioners made a number of citizen member appointments to various County boards and commissions that included:

  • Addiction Services (three year term) – Lester Richens
  • Bayshore Outfall Authority (five year term) – Michael J. Kalaka and Rocco Impreveduto
  • Construction Board of Appeals (four year term) – Donald A. Clare
  • Environmental Council (three year term) – Wilma Morrissey, Scott Thompson, John Vig and Ashley Reese
  • Fair Housing Board (five year term) – Joyce Quarles and Rev. Joseph Thelusca
  • Historical Commission - Regular member (three year term) – Glenn Cashion, Joseph Grabas and Barbara Harrigan. Chairwoman and Presiding Officer (three year term) – Barbara Harrigan
  • Library Commission (three year term) – Mary Ann Musich
  • Mental Health Board (three year term) – Julia Barugel
  • Assistant Fire Marshals (two year term) – Charles Shirley and Thomas Welsh. Assistant Fire Marshal (unexpired term ending Feb. 22, 2022) – Michael Burke
  • Planning Board – Regular member (three year term) – James C. Schatzle and Marcy McMullen. Alternate member (one year term) – John Mele and Lori Ann Davidson
  • Recreation Commissioners – Regular member (five year term) – Michael Harmon and Anthony Fiore. Regular member (unexpired term ending March 15, 2021) – Joseph Di Bella
  • Shade Tree Commission (five year term) – Thomas Ritchie
  • Youth Services Commission (three year term) – Amy Altenhaus, Kathy Collins, Wendy DePedro, Carl Jennings, Ivan Kaplan and Lester Richens

 For additional information about Monmouth County and the Board of County Commissioners, go to www.visitmonmouth.com.

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Monmouth Within ReachHELP MAKE TRAVELING IN MONMOUTH COUNTY EASIER

Input Sought on Visiting Popular County Destinations

 

MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ –Traveling in and around Monmouth County year-round could be easier in the future with the help of residents and visitors alike. The Monmouth County Department of Planning, in cooperation with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), announced a study today called Monmouth Within Reach to gather public input and develop strategies and best practices for managing travel demand. The goal of the study is to make it easier for people to get where they need and want to go in the County. Visit www.MonmouthWithinReach.com to learn more about the study and provide input.

 

“This project is going to develop strategies and best practices to reduce congestion related to tourism and events by using the resources we have to more effectively manage the demands on our transportation network,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone, liaison to the Monmouth County Public Works and Engineering Department who represents the County on the NJTPA Board of Trustees.

 

Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the Monmouth County Department of Planning added, “We are hopeful that high levels of community involvement from residents and visitors can enable us to formulate recommendations that will make traveling in the County on heavy travel days smoother for everyone.”

 

The Monmouth Within Reach study is being led by transportation planners from Monmouth County and the NJTPA, with professional assistance from Stantec and Stokes Creative Group, Inc.

 

It is also important to note that this study was approved for federal funding in 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic. The study team recognizes that the pandemic has impacted the public’s ability to attend events in 2020. The team is using transportation data from 2019 to review congestion levels related to tourism and events and looks forward to an appropriate time for the study’s recommendations to be implemented when tourism and event attendance returns to normal.

 

Please visit the project website, www.MonmouthWithinReach.com, to review frequently asked questions, and take the Community Input Survey to share how you travel throughout Monmouth County, identify what areas of concern you see, and the improvements you recommend. The survey results will be used to help develop potential strategies for the future.


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County completes in-house intersection improvement project

 FREEHOLD, NJ – On behalf of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone recently announced the completion of an in-house intersection improvement project at County Route 537 (Monmouth Road) and County Route 524 (Stagecoach Road). 

 “I am excited to announce that the County has successfully completed the intersection improvement project at Monmouth Road and Stagecoach Road, which are both County Routes, located in Freehold and Millstone Townships,” said Freeholder Director Arnone, liaison to the Department of Public Works and Engineering. “The newly-aligned intersection was opened to traffic earlier this week and now has improved sight distance and safety for everyone who uses the roads.” 

 The goal of the intersection improvement project was to enhance the safety on both of the County Routes (CR), where CR 524 previously formed an acute angle at the intersection of CR 537. The project realigned CR 524, forming a 90-degree angle with CR 537 and creating a T-intersection. 

 “In order to expedite the reconstruction of the intersection, the design, construction and inspection of the improvements were performed by the Department of Public Works and Engineering, which saved the County nearly $350,000,” said Freeholder Director Arnone. “By completing this project in-house, the County avoided delays and costs associated with awarding public contracts. Conducting formal bidding and awarding contracts could have potentially delayed the start of the project until spring 2021.”

In total, the County maintains approximately 1,000 lane miles of roads, 924 bridges and culverts and 239 traffic signals and beacons.

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Fourth Street Bridge UpdateReconstruction of BRIDGE LINKING HAZLET, KEANSBURG

Sept. 29, 2020
The county recently approved plans to reconstruct the R-27 bridge on Fourth Street over Waackaack Creek, linking Hazlet and Keansburg. 
At the Sept. 24 Freeholder meeting, the county announced Marbro, Inc. beat out 9 bidders to do the job for $2,791,117. (Res.#: 2020-0732)
The bridge was originally constructed in 1945 by Freibott Brothers and underwent changes in 1966. 
It is a common bridge with uncommon views of the creek, a Raritan Bay tributary with its own ecology. The Waackaack is a home for both freshwater and saltwater plants and a diversity of wildlife including turtles, frogs, fish, and waterfowl.

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County adopts $452.8 million budget for 2020

April 8, 2020
FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders has adopted the County’s $452.8 million budget for 2020. The budget, introduced on March 12, was subsequently adopted at the live-streamed April 7 Freeholder Meeting.

Before the budget was passed, the Freeholders elected to roll back their proposed salary increase. The Freeholders’ salaries will now be the same as they were in 2008. Further, the Freeholders declined to take health benefits or mileage reimbursement for travel, as has been done by previous Freeholder Boards, which results in thousands of dollars in savings.  

“The Board continues to take a conservative approach to budgeting in order to ensure that all County Departments and Divisions are being fiscally responsible year round,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “It is important to note that Monmouth County continues to maintain the AAA Bond Rating, the highest possible rating assigned by credit agencies, and is dedicated to long-term financial planning to ensure future financial stability.”

The 2020 spending plan reflects operational savings of approximately $4.5 million in health care costs, workers compensation, shared service agreements for youth detention centers and lower pension costs. Over the last 10 years the County’s budget has actually decreased by $40.6 million from $493.4 million in 2010 to $452.8 million in 2020.

The annual budget covers the cost of maintaining 1,000 lane miles of roads, more than 900 bridges, 16,000 acres of County parks, emergency management services, 911 emergency communications, law enforcement through the Prosecutor’s and Sheriff’s offices, elections, deed recording and passport services in the County Clerk’s Office, probates and adoptions through the Surrogate’s office as well as numerous additional programs and benefits.

View the County budget on the Monmouth County website

View the 2020 Budget Presentation.