Ocean County Press Release
CONSTRUCTION ON THE new Southern Ocean County Park-N-Ride facility at Interchange 58 of the Garden State Parkway in Little Egg Harbor Township has been completed and commuters and motorists are now welcome.
"This new facility provides a designated paved and illuminated parking area bringing major improvements for safety and convenience for commuters in the southern area of the County especially Little Egg Harbor Township and around the Route 539 corridor," said Ocean County Freeholder Deputy Director John P. Kelly, Director of Law and Public Safety.
Kelly, who serves as co-liaison to the County's Engineering Department with Freeholder Director Virginia E. Haines, noted the need for such a facility at this location is easily apparent.
"Commuters have been parking on any available cleared roadside area near the interchange," Haines said. "They will no longer have to do that since we are now providing them with a new Park-N-Ride facility.
"The completion of this project will benefit a lot of people," she said.
The park-n-ride includes 49 paved parking stalls. Also an internal bus loading and unloading area has been worked into the design in anticipation of future bus service to this location. The project contractor was Mathis Construction Co. Inc., Little Egg Harbor Township.
"Ocean County is a commuter county," Kelly said. "The County has been working in partnership with the state's 9th Legislative District leaders and the New Jersey Turnpike Authority to advance this project. We are very pleased it is now done and open to the public."
Ocean County appropriated $400,000 for the facility and expects to be reimbursed for the cost of designing the facility, securing all the permits and ultimately constructing it under a proposal with the Turnpike Authority.
"I have been working with state Sen. Chris Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf, Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove, Little Egg Harbor Township officials and the Turnpike Authority in order to create this park-n-ride facility at Interchange 58 in Little Egg Harbor Township," Kelly said. "In addition to enhancing safety in the area, I expect this will promote carpooling."
The new facility also includes stormwater upgrades and a lighting system that will be substantially maintenance free.
"There has been a demonstrated need in this area for a park and ride for a long time," Kelly said. "This will be tremendously safer for people to leave their cars there and out of harm's way."
Kelly noted that Southern Ocean County is a growth area in Ocean County.
"This is an important regional transportation concept," Kelly said. "This will make a positive difference for a lot of our residents."