Big changes are on the way for a little stretch of an increasingly-busy road in Berkeley Township.

Nearly a mile of Veterans Boulevard near Garden State Parkway Exit 77 between Western Boulevard and Grand Central Parkway is scheduled for widening and drainage improvements between June and September.

The project coincides with completion of major improvements to the Parkway overpass, entrances and exits that practically guarantee more intensive commuter use.

Ocean County Freeholders expect to seek bids on the project in the next several weeks. Work is planned to start in late June and be largely finished by the start of school in September.

The 4,300-foot project will add an eastbound lane and double the width of the shoulders from three feet to six feet.

Just as important, says Freeholder Director Gerry Little, are drainage improvements aimed at alleviating flood zones in that portion of the road, while minimizing stormwater pollutants headed for Barnegat Bay.

Little says the project calls for "2,300 feet of storm drainpipes, 25 drain structures and two stormwater infiltration basins which will absorb nitrogen, and phosphoris, and other pollutants."

The new basins, says Little, "meet or exceed the state Department of Environmental Protection's stringent water quality standards to protect Barnegat Bay."