Borough council gives update on roadwork projects

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(MARK R. SULLIVAN/THE OCEAN STAR)

BAY HEAD — Borough leaders have provided an update on a number of projects that are ongoing or planned in the community.

During its May 3 meeting, the Bay Head borough council awarded a $51,700 professional services contract to O’Donnell Stanton & Associates to provide surveying, engineering, design, bidding, construction and inspection services for the Lake Avenue and Maple Drive improvement project. 

“We are giving them the authority to survey and design the road reconstruction of Lake Avenue south of Bridge Avenue,” Councilwoman Diane Cornell, chair of the council’s public works committee, said. 

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“This is for reconstruction. Basically we are going to be repaving it, fixing some things, we’ll take a look at the drainage. It is not going to be quite the flood mitigation we are going to have to do down the road, but we are going to take a look to see if we can alleviate some of it … we have to do it within the budget that was given to us by the [state] Department of Transportation, as it was a grant that we got from them and they pay it, so we are limited as to what we can do.”

According to officials, Lake Avenue and Maple Drive are used by residents and visitors for access to the beaches, shopping and dining. The borough received a New Jersey Department of Transportation Fiscal Year 2021 Municipal Aid Program grant in the amount of $196,200, which will be used to help offset the cost of the project.

“The Borough of Bay Head proposes the reconstruction for Lake Avenue, between Bridge Avenue to a location approximately 175 feet south of Forsyth Avenue. The Borough of Bay Head also proposes the reconstruction for Maple Drive, between West Lake Avenue and Holly Avenue,” according to a statement by Borough Administrator Chris Parlow details.

“In its present state, these sections of Lake Avenue and Maple Drive are in poor condition. The existing paved surfaces have deteriorated over the years, which, along with differential settlement from numerous utility repair trenches, has resulted in uneven driving surfaces and areas of ponding/icing conditions.”

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