County of Monmouth

For Immediate Release:
March 28, 2017

Sharon Station Road Project
Requires Park Land Diversion
Project improvements necessitate measure
at Crosswicks Creek Park

UPPER FREEHOLD, NJ – Monmouth County is accepting public comment regarding land use-related improvements planned for Sharon Station Road (County Route 539A).

“The County has filed a request with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Green Acres Program proposing a diversion of land at Crosswicks Creek Park in connection with a local road and bridge improvement project,” said Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone, liaison to Public Works and Engineering. “The land will be replaced in another section of the park to ensure the area is made whole following completion of the effort.”

The proposed plan will divert 0.851 acres at Crosswicks Creek Park, along Sharon Station Road (CR 539A) to make room for improvements to approximately 1.5 miles of Sharon Station Road from the intersection with Allentown-Red Valley Road (CR 526) to the north, to the intersection with Allentown-Davis Station Road (CR 539) to the south.

As part of this reconstruction project, three associated County bridges (U-34, U-35, and U-94) will also be replaced. The plan includes adding 1.162 acres back to Crosswicks Creek Park as compensation for this diversion.

“Crosswicks Creek Park will gain about a third of an acre and local travelers will have a much improved roadway and three new bridges when this is all said and done,” said Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the County Park System.

There will be a public hearing about the proposed diversion on May 3, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at the Upper Freehold Township Municipal Building, 314 Route 539, Cream Ridge. The hearing will be held in accordance with N.J.A.C. 7:36-26.6(c).
Information about this requested diversion of parkland project is available for review at the Upper Freehold Township Municipal Building, 314 Route 539, Cream Ridge; Monmouth County Library – Allentown Branch at 16 South Main Street, Allentown and the Green Acres Program office at 501 East State St. in Trenton.

Written comments on the diversion request may be directed to: Jessica Kubida, Environmental Specialist, Monmouth County Public Works & Engineering, Hall of Records Annex, 3rd Floor, One East Main St., Freehold, NJ 07728. Ms. Kubida may be reached by telephone at 732-431-7760, ext. 6775. Comments may also be submitted to the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, Green Acres Program, Bureau of Legal Services and Stewardship, Mail Code 501-01, 501 East State St., Trenton, NJ 08625-0402.

Public comment on this diversion request will be accepted during the public hearing on May 3, 2017.

Final comments must be submitted by May 17, 2017.

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