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Feb 16, 2022

Improvements Coming to Low-Overhead Laurel Avenue Bridge

Photo is from a previous incident

Holmdel Township has been notified by the Monmouth County Engineering Division that new, upgraded signage for the low-overhead NJ Transit overpass is being installed soon. The Holmdel Police Department has been working with Monmouth County Engineering for several years to come up with solutions to alleviate collisions with the bridge, as well as the numerous calls police receive to assist trucks so they can turn around to avoid the bridge. Both circumstances result in road closures, traffic delays and unnecessary burdens on township infrastructure. Laurel Avenue is a heavily traveled road and directly connects the Garden State Parkway and Route 35.

The new improvements are considered Phase 2 of a three-phase project. Phase 1 was the deployment of the temporary variable message boards (which have been in place since 2017). These were programmed with the flashing message warning of the low bridge, and police said they immediately had a positive effect.

The final and permanent Phase 3 is still under consideration. However, this involves both roadway and railroad improvements. Multiple engineering studies and proposals will be taken into consideration during this process. This area involves much planning as it includes three separate agencies: Holmdel Township, Monmouth County and NJ Transit.

Over the past few years, Holmdel police have responded to the following:

2021: Five crashes and 22 assists

2020: Three crashes and 15 assists

2019: Four crashes and 22 assists

2018: Seven crashes and 20 assists

2017: Two crashes and 17 assists

These statistics show that a more permanent option is needed, police said. The new signage will replace what is already posted but in a more visible manner, up to and including signage with flashing beacons over the roadway on each approach. All new signage will be placed within the county right of way, and the locations were chosen to not intrude on local homeowner’s views.

Holmdel police are hopeful that these new improvements will further reduce collisions and vehicle assists as well as reduce road closures and traffic delays.