Monmouth Blvd. traffic light on the way

Fall 2001 is slated as the right season for a new, eagerly anticipated traffic light at the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Monmouth Boulevard in Oceanport.

Originally work was to be started in March, but Monmouth Boulevard must be raised by 175 feet before a traffic light can be successfully installed.

The intersection floods frequently, is in dire need of elevation and wouldn’t properly support the light because of flooding damage incurred by the existing road structure, council members said. At the same time, the location of the intersection and the bustling traffic flow it generates harbor impending hazards. According to the borough, to date there have been many bad accidents at the site, including a fatal one.

Both are admittedly critical issues according to the mayor and Borough Council. But since one problem posed by the intersection cannot be addressed without rectifying the other, the borough, at a recent council meeting, said it would work in concert with the county to undertake improvements that will address both the traffic and drainage dilemmas simultaneously.

In light of the impending summer season, the mayor and council cautioned that until the improvements can be made, drivers should use good judgment when approaching the intersection. The council noted at its meeting last week that in many cases the singular reason for accidents at the site has been failure to come to a complete stop at the stop signs.