Portions of Central Avenue and Porter Avenue will be repaved before Spring 2019, in a county project now in the design phase.
Ocean County has added two resurfacing and reconstruction projects to its schedule: Central Avenue from Porter to Heiring avenues, and Porter between Bay Boulevard and Ocean.
Ocean County Engineer John Ernst said the timeline for the project is now in the design phase, and then the county will go out to bid shortly thereafter, possibly starting the repaving and reconstruction either fall or spring.
“It will either be repaved in the fall 2018 or spring 2019 depending on the timing,” Ernst said.
Central Avenue, also known as county Route 47, sits in Seaside Heights, and Mayor Anthony Vaz said the borough has long been advocating for the inclusion of the roads on the county’s road projects list.
When the 2018 project list was approved by the county freeholders earlier this spring, it was a sigh of relief, said Vaz.
“We’ve pushed for this for some time and I am glad to see the county has committed to these road improvements in Seaside Heights,” said the mayor.
Vaz said this main corridor project, coupled with the development designation for the former Merge and steel properties in Seaside Heights will contribute dramatically to improving the borough for residents and visitors, but also businesses.
“These components are pieces that need to come together for the overall betterment of Seaside Heights,” Vaz said earlier this year after the freeholder’s approval of the roads projects.
Ernst said these roads are the only ones on the barrier island that are on the 2018 project list.
The Central Avenue project is approximately one mile long, stretching nearly the length of Seaside Heights.
Porter Avenue, also known as county Route 79, runs alongside the Route 35 shift from its on and off ramps with Route 37, at the border between Seaside Heights and Seaside Park. The length of that project is less than a half mile.
The two barrier island road projects were part of the larger list of annual road projects named by the freeholders as part of its $3 million ordinance this spring.