Freeholder and local officials dedicate new road, intersection

FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders formally dedicated the Lloyd Road reconstruction project today. The road, which was widened to add turning lanes to ease congestion, has been open and in use since Dec. 8.

“Lloyd Road is a main thoroughfare in this area of the county, and where it intersects with Route 34 is notoriously congested during peak commuter hours,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Robert D. Clifton, who lives in adjacent Matawan and has been an advocate of the project. “This is a major improvement for the residents who use this road.”

The work was a joint project between the County and the state Department of Transportation, which owns Route 34. It is the first time the county has taken the lead on a project funded primarily with state funds, plus a small developer’s contribution, County Engineer Joseph Ettore said.

“This project took about a year, but it was substantially completed three months ahead of schedule,” said Freeholder John P. Curley, liaison to the county’s Department of Public Works and Engineering. “The arrangement between the state and county helped expedite the work and get it done more quickly.”

Congestion was eased by widening Route 34 from three lanes to four, plus a turning lane. In addition, Lloyd Road was widened from three lanes to four, including a turning lane.

“Motorists on Lloyd Road will now have more efficient and safe travel through the intersection,” Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry said.

The project was begun in November 2009 and took as long as it did because there was significant work done to relocate the utilities to accommodate the wider roads. The construction cost of the project was approximately $1.5 million.