Upgraded traffic signal, left-turn lanes added 

HAZLET, NJ – Reconstruction Bethany and Keyport-Holmdel (CR4) roads has been completed, and the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders activated the upgraded traffic signal today to officially open the reconstructed intersection.

“This is a great day for the residents in this area who have been impacted by the reconstruction,” said Freeholder Deputy Director John P. Curley, who oversees the county’s Department of Public Works and Engineering. “The project unfortunately was stalled due to the winter weather and utility work, but it was worth the wait. Traffic will be flowing much more smoothly now that the improvements have been completed.”

In addition to upgrading the traffic signal, contractors added left-turn lanes to all four approaches. The intersection serves as the boundary between Holmdel and Hazlet townships.

The work was performed by Z Brothers Concrete Contractors Inc. of Sayreville for $624,772. Work began in September 2010 but stopped after drainage pipes were installed so the utilities could be moved. Jersey Central Power & Light Co., Verizon, Comcast Cable, Shoreland Water Co. and New Jersey Natural Gas Co. had to relocate their utilities.

The bad winter further delayed the project, but the utility work was completed in the spring and contractors were back on site June 9.

The intersection improvements entailed replacement of an existing signal with a new semi-actuated traffic signal and minor roadway widening at the intersection to accommodate left turning lanes at all approaches. Also included were drainage pipes and inlets, replacement of curbs, sidewalks and driveway aprons, signage and striping, top-soiling and seeding.

The project was designed and inspected by the Monmouth County Department of Public Works and Engineering.