New Traffic Light at Gravel Hill Road

The $2.3 million project included one mile of improvements along County Road 537.

The intersection of Gravel Hill Road and County Road (CR) 537 is now safer with the unveiling of a new traffic signal.

The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders along with members of the Freehold Township Committee gatheredat the intersection Thursday to officially activate the new traffic signal. Plans for the signal originally began in 2009 after multiple accidents occurred at the intersection. 

"This was a very dangerous intersection," explained Township Committee woman Barbra McMorrow. "There were some really terrible accidents here and any accident is one too many and we knew we needed to do something about it."

McMorrow, who was the director on the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders in 2009 when discussions for the project began, expressed her happiness of seeing the project completed at the unveiling. 

"I am now on the other side of the road so to speak from when the project began, but this is a great example of a municipality and a county working together to benefit our residents."

According to a press release issued by the county, the project of creating the intersection included the widening of one mile of CR 537 to four lanes with a fifth center lane, widening of Gravel Hill Road to include a left-turn lane, the re-grading of the roadway profile along CR 537 to increase sight distance, the installation of storm drainage improvements and the replacement of a small culvert bridge. The new intersection also features a push-button pedestrian signal.

The work was performed by P&A Construction of Woodbridge for $2.3 million. 

cynicinmarlboro July 13, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Widening one mile of road + 1 traffic light = $2.3 million. Does anyone else see anything wrong with that total?
Freehold July 14, 2012 at 02:13 AM
$2.3 million dollars and backed up traffic for ever because a few of the few people that use the intersection don't stop for the stop sign.
Carol July 14, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Add in the cost of acquiring land, I believe it's called easements..........Verizon and JCP&L to move and relocate wires and that's after the tree company to remove trees. The engineers to properly design the one mile of road and oh yeah, maybe the water company to move water and sewer lines and of course there comes the added drainage. Let's not forget the cost of paving...........are you an accountant cynicinmarlboro? I wish it was that easy to widen one mile of road + 1 traffic light = $2.3 million!
cynicinmarlboro July 15, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Carol, the utility companies' work is not included in all this (you will see that as increases in your utility bills, I'm sure). They gave the money to one company, according to this article. What I was bringing up is that, like in many reports we have read previously, we have one of the highest cost per mile road maintenance in the U.S. and that is not changing. The cost for one mile + the one light is way too much when you look at the same kind of work done elsewhere. You don't need an accounting degree to see that!
Mike July 22, 2012 at 05:18 AM
YES I DO. First of all NO where on CR 537 is there grass medians or does there need to be. SECOND of all the intersection was ONLY "tougher" to cross at peak times. WHY did they just use the existing alignment from GULLY road to wemrock road during PEAK meaning 7-9 am and 4-7 pm. ALSO NOW with the light I understand during the peak they are trying to control cars turning right on 537 to allow breaks in traffic for the road leading up to iron bridge, but what about adding HOURS to the no turn on red signs. They are a bunch of morons down here if you ask me!


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