After being disrupted by heavy rain early in the week, workers for C.J. Hesse were back on the job late last week, working on the drainage along Veterans Boulevard.
The to widen the road between Grand Central Parkway and Western Boulevard began in mid-July, but has been slowed by the persistent storms that have marked the last two months. While the main widening has been completed, work to restore the topsoil and complete a detention basin -- among other items -- remains.
Ocean County Engineer Frank Scarantino last week said the project, which he estimated will take six more weeks, is at a stage where the remaining work can be completed that existed for two weeks in August.
"We will be able to maintain one lane in each direction" until the project is completed, Scarantino said, though the lanes will shift as needed while the remaining work is completed.
The detention basin, which is situated after the final curve as Veterans approaches Western Boulevard, has been roughed out but needs more work to complete it.
Concrete drainage piping still sits off to the southern side of Veterans, and while curbs are in place along the side of the road where storm drains have been installed, more curbing work lies ahead.
The top soil along Veterans Boulevard has to be restored, and once that is complete, the remaining asphalt work can be completed, Scarantino said
Scaratino said the layer of asphalt that has been laid down is just the first. The road has to be leveled and a top coat of asphalt laid down before the lane striping is done.
In addition to widening the road to add a second eastbound lane along the one-mile stretch, the project was designed to improve visibility, particularly as the road curves as it passes Veterans Park.
Scarantino said the contractor had worked hard to complete the actual widening before students returned to Central Regional for the school year.
The road should be fully open in mid-to late October, weather permitting, Scarantino and Thomas Curcio, county roads department supervisor, estimated.