Monmouth County is planning improvements to be made to Route 537 through Freehold from Gravel Hill Road to State Highway 33 Business.
“Monmouth County is planning improvements to the 2.8-mile section of County Route 537,” Freeholder Deputy Director Thomas A. Arnone said.
Problems with this section of the road were mentioned during a when a proposed senior development was up for a zoning request.
Many of the same issues mentioned that night are the founding problems for the proposed improvements to the busy corridor. Below is a list of existing conditions discovered by the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority during their local concept development study of the corridor over the past year;
- More than 3,000 vehicles per hour at some intersections during highest peak period
- Multiple intersections along corridor operate at or near capacity during peak travel periods which causes traffic congestion and lengthy delays
- Several intersections have crash rates that exceed statewide averages for County roads with clearly identifiable patterns
- Numerous conflicting access points including driveways and roads which create traffic operation issues
- Insufficient or lack of outside shoulders for entire length
- No bicycle compatibility
- Gaps in existing sidewalk network
- Few auxiliary lanes, deceleration lanes or shoulders for turning movements at intersections as well as into various business/shopping complexes
- Substandard vertical stopping sight distance at two locations
- Substandard stopping sight distance at Enright Avenue intersection (NB onto CR 537)
- Substandard acceleration and deceleration lane lengths at Route 33 Freeway interchange
- Numerous substandard design elements at Route 537 and Route 9 Interchange
The county will hold two meetings where the public is invited to a presentation of the current design plans and invited to ask questions regarding the project.
The meetings are part of a local concept development process that includes community input, coordination with other transportation agencies, data collection and the development of design concepts with alternatives. Transportation agencies involved in the project are the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, the state Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration and the permitting agencies.
The county will also investigate the environmental, right of way, access, utilities, design, community involvement, constructability and cost of the improvements before starting the work.
The first meeting will be from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24 at the . A second public information meeting will be held in Freehold Township from 6 to 8 p.m. on April 24 at the .
If you can not attend one of the meetings, there is still an opportunity to have your voice heard. “For people who are unable to attend the meeting they should visit the county website at www.visitmonmouth.com to learn more about this project. Written comments will be accepted through Wednesday, May 25,” Arnone said.
To submit a written comment, print the form above.