Parkway Exit 105 Reconfiguration Still in Works

Final design likely to be unveiled next year

The reconfiguration of Garden State Parkway Exit 105 in Tinton Falls is still in the preliminary engineering phase, according to New Jersey Turnpike Authority Spokesman Thomas Feeney.

"We’re likely to schedule a public hearing before the  end of the year," Feeney said in an e-mail to Patch. "We won’t have a construction schedule until the design is done."

Feeney said the authority's chief engineer, Rich Raczynski, told the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) board in June, 2011 that the final design would take about two years to complete.

The project will include improvements to Exit 105 and the intersection of Route 36 and Hope Road. The plans are part of a proposed $40 million plan to improve traffic flow in the area and improve access to Fort Monmouth.

A preliminary diagram was presented to the board at the meeting that roughly showed what the New Jersey Turnpike Authority plans to do at the intersection.

The main improvement at the Hope Road intersection would include a new ramp from the parkway north exit that would run between a neighboring hotel and the park and ride, and empty out onto Hope Road. Hope Road also would be widened north and south of Route 36, with new traffic signals installed.

Raczynski has said this would let drivers headed toward Hope Road avoid the Route 36 bottleneck that exists now from cars exiting the parkway and turning right onto Hope Road or taking the jughandle to go on Hope Road north.

Cars headed to Hope Road north would also take this new ramp south of Route 36 and then make a left onto Hope Road at the new light and proceed to cross over Route 36, without having to bother with the jughandle.

From this same area south of Route 36, there would also be a new lane that would take drivers headed toward the Monmouth Mall from Hope Road in Tinton Falls, through the woods and onto Route 36 east, completely avoiding the now-congested intersection of Hope Road and Route 36.

The existing ramps from the parkway south would also be widened and the jughandle would remain. 

For drivers heading south on the parkway who want to get to the western portion of the fort, there are two proposed ramps that will completely bypass the current Exit 105 which now empties onto Route 36. These drivers would now be able to bear right off the Parkway onto Wayside Road. According to the authority, this gives new access to the already existing Pearl Harbor and Tinton avenues and Route 18 in both directions.

This would be the second major road project in the Tinton Falls/Eatontown area as the New Jersey Department of Transportation just . The intersection improvements allow easier access to Route 35 from Route 36, and vice versa.

JosephGhabourLaw August 02, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Road design is a serious NJ issue. I hope that this work was done with an eye on national standards. With the most municipalities per capital (more municipalities than California), the way intersections are treated varies from town to town. This increases confusion and causes accidents. NJ municipal roads/streets officials would be wise to follow and use the guides from The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials when updating/fixing roads/streets. Their guides are available here: https://bookstore.transportation.org/category_item.aspx?id=DS&gclid=CPqqrunroLECFYFo4Aod2n-UYw
Steve August 02, 2012 at 08:09 PM
I think this is long past due with all the traffic from people moving to the area, the racetrack, and beach traffic. I am not an engineer but I think that when you exit Southbound at 105 there should be a way to head East on Route 36 without stopping at the light ( maybe an overpass) by Hope Road. This has caued many a backup onto the ramp as people have to wait for the Hope Road light
Joseph Mahmah August 02, 2012 at 09:20 PM
$40 million for 2 over pass exits and " improvements", if its anything like the 35-36 " improvements" i would say skip it. the job will take years and in the process can cause more problems that wont help anything except another excuse to raise tolls when its finished. put the over pass at 36 and hope rd, widen rt 36 east bound , put the 2nd overpass at 35-36. most if not all traffic is going towards the shore area not tinton falls. another million $$ traffic project fail thanks to some dumb people in charge of spending and design that haven't a clue how to do anything except throw money down a hole. this should be amusing to watch, you people in charge of this must have many masters degrees and feel proud when you make these decisions but the truth is your over your heads and play with money like its a game. in the end you improve nothing but your ego and resume. like the multi million dollar edacs radio system improvements that lasted less then 5 years to only be tossed in the trash now being used by hams linked over your fiber network that i'm sure you haven't a clue about. clueless turnpike authority dweebs
Jackmcsorley August 02, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Reconfigure this.
Brian Walter August 03, 2012 at 11:36 AM
How about just making an Exit 105A to dump into Tinton Ave. ??? Wouldn't this also alleviate Hope Road problems??? Won't the Fort Monmouth redevelopment cause a need for this anyway??? So many questions....
Itchy Foot Moe August 03, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Couple of points that were raised: 1. "Dumping traffic onto Rt 36 and bypassing the light at Hope" Only one problem with this, the fact that the busiest time of year that causes these problems there involve Monmouth Park traffic, even if you were to bypass this light, you would still have a backup of traffic all the way from Oceanport along 36 causing a backup to there anyways. 2. "Making an exist 105a" Well, technically it would be exit 107-ish, but even still, the fact that it was never done when the Fort was at it's busiest time (Including the CECOM building days) tends to lend credence that they won't even consider it now when it's completely empty. Add in the fact that the land is really not available for an OFF ramp from either way due to Boro Hall, commercial and residential property, Besides, it's dangerous enough in front of the High-school without added Parkway traffic in the morning and afternoons as it is, something tells me residents would never stand for an approval to make it worse in this tiny area..
Gavino August 04, 2012 at 04:17 AM
"The plans are part of a proposed $40 million plan to improve traffic flow in the area and improve access to Fort Monmouth." Um, correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Ft Monmouth close? A year ago? So what are we improving access for? Rats?
m August 16, 2012 at 03:00 AM
I agree with Gavino's comments. The Fort Monmouth traffic density has decreased, as 10,000 workers (government and contractor combined) have been relocated. The redevelopment plans of housing and commercial use will actually be LESS DENSE than the original use of Fort Monmouth. A $40 million dollar "ramp to nowhere" - are we Alaska (ala Ted Stevens)? While the Fort has closed and the area needs redevelopment, couldn't $40 million be applied to better use than a ramp that is questionable at best? The ramp won't solve the 35/36 interchange problems. Couldn't the $40 million be applied to seed money for high tech or pharma or bio-pharma replacement R&D labs or high-tech educational facilities? Isn't this a better use of scarce resources? But $40 Million on an oversized ramp gets our local politicians off the hook. They can point to the glistening arcing road with multiple clover leafs and declare SUCCESS. They can say they did their part in REDEVELOPING Fort Monmouth SUCCESSFULLY. Someone needs to tell the Emperor he has no clothes and stop this waste of taxpayer money. Who is paying for this (taxpayers - whether it's state or Federal dollars)? Is this the "Consolation prize" for losing 10,000 Federally-funded jobs? Once again, BRAC WASTES money (besides the upheaval of 10,000 jobs) all under the GUISE of savings. The only ":savings" was the saving of the Hartford MD economy from the influx of 10,000 NJ jobs to MD!
Rodger O'Brien September 20, 2012 at 01:58 PM
I'm trying to find out about the scheduled closing tonight sep 20th at 11pm. Thats all the sign says, does not say how long it will be closed or if it will be completely closed. I sure wish someone who has info will reply about this because i drive a school bus that uses this exit every day & want to know how long i will have to detour.


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