INTERSECTION IMPOVEMENT PROJECT
TOWNSHIP OF MANALAPAN
New Jersey Society of Municipal Engineers
Project of the Year Award
The intersection of Iron Ore Road, High Bridge Road, and Mount Vernon Road as it existed was located on a bend in Iron Ore Road. Located in a rural part of the Township of Manalapan, the intersection of these three streets have existed for more than a century, just paved over through the years.
Drivers coming from Route 33 were required to slow down on Iron Ore Road to navigate a large hump to get onto High Bridge Road and head into the Borough of Englishtown. At this same intersection, Mount Vernon crossed Iron Ore Road perpendicularly. The horizontal alignment was poor as Mount Vernon Road and High Bridge Road intersected Iron Ore Road on a horizontal curve and at very poor angles to the intersection. In addition, the intersection crossing movements were in conflict with each other.
Realizing that Iron Ore Road was part of the Monmouth County Road System, Township Engineer Gregory R. Valesi knew the required improvements would need to involve Intergovernmental Cooperation between the Township and the County.
Unique or Unusual Design and Management Features:
Through the tenacious efforts of their Municipal Engineer, The Township of Manalapan has improved a "Century Old Awkward Intersection" through an Intergovernmental Agreement with the County of Monmouth. The project has improved the safety of motorists in this rural part of town and has also cleaned up the County Roadway System. The Mayor and Township Committee have received nothing but praise from the motorists for finally improving this once dangerous intersection.