Work to replace a busted utility pole on busy West Front Street may not be completed until midday Wednesday, meaning motorists could face another glacial morning crawl through Red Bank.
A shutdown of a portion of West Front to enable JCP&L crews to replace the pole, which shattered during the blizzard Sunday night, led to massive traffic jams Tuesday morning, with inbound traffic backed up onto the Route 35/Cooper Bridge to Middletown.
By the evening commute, a repeat appeared in the making.
Captain Darren McConnell of the Red Bank police department says the utility company informed him that the work may be completed by noon Wednesday. A spokesman for JCP&L did not respond to a request for information.
The detour compounded driving woes for motorists returning to work after a holiday weekend capped by a snowfall of more than two feet in the region.
Early Tuesday, some cars were still stranded where drivers had left them a the peak of the blizzard, impeding the ability of snowplows to clear streets.