Ocean County Press Release
THE OCEAN COUNTY Board of Chosen Freeholders is scheduled to award a contract for the construction of the new Southern Ocean County Park-N-Ride facility at Interchange 58 of the Garden State Parkway.
"This new facility will service our commuters living in the southern area of Ocean County," said Ocean County Freeholder John P. Kelly, liaison to the Ocean County Engineering Department. "We have been working on this for some time and I am pleased that we are now ready to award a contract and get the work under way."
The Board is expected to award a contract to Mathis Construction Co. Inc., Little Egg Harbor Township, in the amount of $421,212 during its Dec. 5 meeting. John Ernst, Ocean County Engineer, recommended the awarding of the contract to the Board during its Nov. 28 preboard meeting.
Work on the facility is expected to begin in the spring of 2019. The County anticipates reimbursement for the project from the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.
"This new Park-N-Ride will provide a designated paved and illuminated parking area which will bring major improvements for safety and convenience for commuters in the southern area of the County especially Little Egg Harbor Township and around the Route 539 corridor," said Kelly, who serves as Director of Law and Public Safety. "The need for such a facility at this location is easily apparent.
"Commuters currently park on any available cleared roadside area near the interchange," Kelly said. "In the absence of any other alternative, commuters, in some instances, have left their vehicles in a poorly lit dirt lot off Route 539. We will now provide them with a new Park-N-Ride facility."
The project will include 49 paved parking stalls. In addition, an internal bus loading and unloading area will be provided in anticipation of future bus service to this location.
"Ocean County is a commuter county," said Ocean County Freeholder Director Gerry P. Little. "The County has been working in partnership with the state's 9th Legislative District leaders and the New Jersey Turnpike Authority to advance this project. We are very pleased that it's moving forward."
Ocean County expects to be reimbursed for the cost of designing the facility, securing all the permits and ultimately constructing it under an agreement with the Turnpike Authority.
Kelly added that in addition to enhancing safety in the area, he expected it will assist in promoting carpooling.
The project also includes stormwater upgrades and a lighting system that will be substantially maintenance free.
"There has been a demonstrated need in this area for a park and ride for a long time," Kelly said. "This will be tremendously safer for people to leave their cars there and out of harm's way.
"This is an important regional transportation concept that we are advancing," Kelly said. "We look forward to the day it is complete."