Oberlin Avenue will be closed all night at Cedar Bridge Avenue for road paving as Ocean County’s long-awaited traffic safety improvements to the Cedar Bridge Avenue / Oberlin Avenue intersection finally nears completion!
Paving is anticipated to take only one or two nights to complete. The county is still waiting on a schedule from the contractor on the final signal activation.
The project is widening each side of Cedar Bridge Avenue from 3 lanes to 4 lanes, to provide for dedicated right and left-turning lanes as well as 2 thru lanes, and each side of Oberlin Avenue to 3 lanes, a 12′ left turning lane, a 11′ thru lane, as well as an additional 11′ lane for thru traffic and right turns.
A new traffic signal has already been installed. This new signal includes dedicated left-turning arrows on all 4 approaches.
This project also includes associated drainage upgrades with infiltration basins.
In December 2018 the then-Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders awarded this federally-funded project to Jersey Construction Inc., for $1,156,846. At the time the design plan showed 2 lanes for Oberlin Avenue, a 12′ left turning lane and an oversized 16′ lane for thru traffic and right turns. Thanks to the urging of Lakewood Township Committeeman Meir Lichtenstein and input from Lakewood Industrial Commission, Ocean County’s engineers revised the plans to include a third lane on each side of Oberlin Avenue. The then-Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders formally approved this additional lane in December 2020.
The initial infrastructure work began in July 2019.
The work stalled in December 2019 because the contractors needed to wait for the utility companies to come move their utility lines and poles which were both overhead and in the right-of-way of the new travel lanes.