County improves intersection at Freehold Township-Millstone border

Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone has announced the completion of an intersection improvement project at county Route 537 (Monmouth Road) and county Route 524 (Stagecoach Road) at the border of Freehold Township and Millstone Township.

The project was completed in-house, according to a press release from the county.

β€œI am excited to announce the county has successfully completed the intersection improvement project at Monmouth Road and Stagecoach Road, which are both county routes, located in Freehold Township and Millstone Township,” Arnone said.

β€œThe newly aligned intersection … now has improved sight distance and safety for everyone who uses the roads,” he said.

The goal of the project was to enhance the safety on both county roads, where Route 524 previously formed an acute angle at the intersection of Route 537. The project realigned Route 524, forming a 90-degree angle with Route 537 and creating a T-intersection, according to the press release.

β€œIn order to expedite the reconstruction of the intersection, the design, construction and inspection of the improvements were performed by the county’s Department of Public Works and Engineering, which saved the county nearly $350,000,” Arnone said.

β€œBy completing this project in-house, the county avoided delays and costs associated with awarding public contracts. Conducting formal bidding and awarding contracts could have potentially delayed the start of the project until spring 2021,” he said.

In total, the county maintains approximately 1,000 lane miles of roads, 924 bridges and culverts and 239 traffic signals and beacons, according to the press release.