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Brick Gets Rt. 70 Pedestrian Safety Grant

Grant will hopefully solve issue of how to cross Route 70 on foot

Walking from the Kohl's shopping center to Brick Plaza is difficult, to say the least.

It's not uncommon to see pedestrians jumping the Jersey barrier that divides Route 70 to make it across the busy road to get from one side to the other.

The answer to the issues in that part of town may have come in the form of a pedestrian safety grant awarded to the township last week. The $308,600 grant will go towards a concrete solution to make crossing Route 70 easier in the area of the shopping district.

"You walk down Chambers Bridge Road and you can't get from one plaza to the other," said Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis.

Complicating matters in any improvement project, however, will be the importance of the intersection of Chambers Bridge Road and Route 70 to the township's traffic flow. Even minor changes can lead to serious delays, the mayor said.

"Want to make sure we don't create a traffic problem," he said.

Township officials will sit down with engineers to find a solution, then use the grant funding to implement it.

"We're going to sit down and put something down in a concrete form," Acropolis said.

Brick wasn't the only local municipality to receive grant funding last week.

Point Pleasant Beach got $250,000 to fund improvements to Grant Avenue, Point Boro received $350,000 for improvements to Edgar Road and Roberts Place, while Mantoloking received $27,000 to go toward drainage improvements along Bay Avenue.

The full list of grants is available on a state website.

Marie January 31, 2013 at 01:58 PM
Does anyone know what construction they are doing near Exit 88 on Rt 70? I am hoping they are putting in a ramp to Parkway South, though I doubt it. Does anyone have any info on that contruction? Thanks!
John C January 31, 2013 at 02:18 PM
They are widening the parkway from Toms River to Wall, Plus expanding the exits that only have two access points to be full 4 direction entrance and exits, North and South in each direction. Each of these exits in Brick is scheduled for the expansion at some point in the future. I am not sure if they will all be finished along with the current project, but that would be the best in my opinion. There have been so many stories and reports on this over the last 10 years it is hard to keep them all strait as to when they will be done.
Marie January 31, 2013 at 02:55 PM
So, you ARE saying they are adding a south-bound entrance?? Or no? Sorry. Having a south-bound exit here would be wonderful!! There is no close South entrance near here without having to deal with the usual crazy traffic in this area to get to it.
John C January 31, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Yes I am pretty sure plus they are also moving the Northbound entrance to be off of Shorrock Road/route 70 intersection going behind the hotel onto a safer and longer entrance ramp further up from where it is now.
Marie January 31, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Oh.. that is interesting! Well, right now, if you are traveling west bound on Rt 70 from Brick plaza, and you need to get on PW North, you have to do that ridiculous jughandle, merging with the exiting Parkway traffic, and make a left at that light. It only adds to the horrible traffic jam already there, especially at peak hours. I am thrilled to hear they are putting in a PW South entrance there! Thanks for your input John!

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