Toms River officials have announced that a pair of streets in the Silverton will be raised and resurfaced to stave off back bay flooding – and also began work on a similar project for a street in Ortley Beach.
The township council awarded two contracts at its meeting last week: one to begin planning the Ortley Beach street raising and another to go out to bid on a similar project on the mainland.
The council went out to bid on its largest road raising project on the mainland, in the township’s Silverton section. It is the final step before Bay Breeze Drive and Sea Breeze Road – both prone to significant flooding – will have its pavement removed and resurfaced at a higher grade.
Several residents of the neighborhood came to the meeting and spoke about how the repeated flooding affected property values and praised the governing body on the decision to raise the roadway. The work will likely be performed in the spring.
The council also awarded a $195,360 contract to French & Parrello Associates to design the street raising project for Sixth Terrace, located off 6th Avenue, west of Bay Boulevard. The street is surrounded on three sides by lagoons and Barnegat Bay. After the planning work is complete, the township will be able to go out to bid on construction. There is no definitely timeline on the project, though work could be performed in the spring or fall, depending on the design and bid process, plus weather and contractor availability.
Earlier this year, Toms River Township received $475,000 toward the elevation 6th Terrace, Harborside Drive and Spindrift Road.