RED BANK: PLAN FOR CHIEF’S CORTEGE

RB day funeral 092513Southbound Riverside Avenue in Red Bank will be closed for about an hour Friday morning for the funeral of police Chief Steve McCarthy, which begins at the John E. Day Funeral Home, at left above. (Click to enlarge)

Red Bank commuters may encounter delays or detours Friday morning during the funeral cortege for police Chief Steve McCarthy, police said.

With numerous vehicles expected to assemble at the John E. Day Funeral Home on Riverside Avenue for a procession to a church in Long Branch, southbound Route 35 along Riverside Avenue will be closed  for about an hour before the procession gets underway at 9:30 a.m., Captain Darren McConnell tells redbankgreen.

The procession will also include a brief stop of the hearse outside the police station, at 90 Monmouth Street, and a silent tribute by Red Bank volunteer firefighters outside St. James Church on Broad Street, McConnell said.

Full details below.

A wake is scheduled for Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Day home.

Around 8:30 a.m. Friday, police will close southbound Route 35/Riverside Avenue from the intersection with North Bridge Avenue to West Front Street. Mourners heading to the funeral home from the north can enter via Brower Street, off North Bridge.

Northbound Riverside Avenue from West Front to North Bridge Avenue will be reduced to a single lane.

The procession, expected to leave the funeral home between 9:30 and 9:45, will head south on Riverside, across West Front along Pearl Street, and make a left turn onto Monmouth Street.

The hearse will pause briefly in the street opposite the police station, at borough hall. There will be no other formalities, McConnell said.

The procession will continue on Monmouth to Broad Street, where it will make a right turn, passing the fire department tribute outside St. James.

From there, it’s a left turn onto Harding Road, a right onto Branch Avenue, and a left onto Rumson Road, all the way to Ocean Avenue in Sea Bright.

The procession then will travel Ocean Avenue to St. Michael’s Church in the West End section of Long Branch for a 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial.

Following the ceremony, interment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Middletown. To get there, the procession will follow a different route:

Ocean Avenue north to Cedar Avenue; left turn.

Right onto Route 71 north (Norwood Avenue) to Route 36 West, to the Garden State Parkway.

The procession returns to Red Bank via exit 109 at Newman Springs Road. It will turn north onto Shrewsbury Avenue, travel Rector Place to the Cooper Bridge and north on Route 35 to Chapel Hill Road, where it will turn right to the cemetery.