RED BANK & LITTLE SILVER: COMMUTER ALERT

branch ave 062615just_in[Update: This post has been updated to reflect a change in the dates of the closure.] Monmouth County plans closings of Branch Avenue between Hudson Avenue in Red Bank and White Road in Little Silver for two nights beginning Tuesday, local officials said.

The closures, to allow for milling and paving of the road, are to be in effect from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Parking on Branch will be prohibited during the closings. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

LITTLE SILVER: DETOUR WOES WORSEN

LS detours 120514A traffic headache of long duration for drivers who use Branch Avenue in Little Silver is about to get worse. Starting Friday at 8 a.m., Branch Avenue will be closed to all traffic between White Road and Rumson Road for continuing utility work, police said.

Detours, shown above, will be implemented, with northbound traffic on Branch Avenue detoured onto White Road and southbound Branch Avenue traffic detoured onto Rumson Road. But expect extensive delays, and plan an alternate route if possible police advise. (Click to enlarge)

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LITTLE SILVER: PLAN AROUND TRAFFIC DELAYS

ls detour 112414Motorists who travel Branch Avenue between Rumson and White roads in Little Silver should try to avoid doing so between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, police advise. Repair work on a water main will require north- and southbound traffic flows to be alternated, resulting in possible major delays, said Chief Dan Shaffery. Detours will also be in place, but police advise drivers to use other routes if possible. (Click to enlarge)

ALL SETTLED AFTER CAR FLIP


A black GMC Envoy overturned in Red Bank on Thursday at about 11:30 a.m. at the intersection of Madison and Branch avenues. Sgt. Mike Furlong was headed to Riverview Medical Center to follow up on the details of the accident by the time it had been cleared, about 12:10 p.m.

Furlong said it appeared that the driver had been turning left onto Branch and skidded, hitting the yellow wire boundary near a telephone pole adjacent to the Molly Pitcher Village Apartments, and flipping over. There was minor damage to the vehicle, which was towed, and the driver sustained minor or no injuries.

“She’s a tough lady,” Furlong said. (Photos by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge.)

SUV HITS POLE IN LITTLE SILVER

Little Silver police closed Branch Avenue between Pinckney Road and Silverton Avenue after an SUV smashed into a utility pole around 6 p.m. Friday. No information about the accident or injuries was immediately available. (Click to enlarge)

MOTORISTS SWEATING DETOUR IN STRIDE

ls-trafficTraffic at Rumson Road and Branch Avenue in Little Silver was stop and go Friday morning. Below, a detour map from New Jersey Transit. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

ls-detour-mapIt’s the first full day of Little Silver’s traffic shuffle, as work on the New Jersey Transit crossing at the borough train station begins an estimated two-week blockage of a main artery through town and into Shrewsbury.

Amid the vexing backups on area roads in sweltering heat, commuter tempers seem to be cool for now.

“It wasn’t as bad as I thought, which is surprising,” said Elena Acuna, who commutes by rail to New York City three times a week. “We’ll see. It’s just kind of annoying.”

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TWO CRASHES IN RED BANK

mclaren-crashA Nissan crashed into a utility pole on McLaren Street in Red Bank Thursday. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Two car crashes occurred within minutes of each other in Red Bank Thursday morning.

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One was reported on McLaren Street, right, sending two women away in an ambulance. Another, appearing to be minor, was on Branch Avenue.

Immediate details on the two accidents, which occurred at around 11 a.m., were not immediately available.

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TWO ARRESTED IN SCRAP METAL THEFT

just_in1By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Little Silver police arrested two men early Thursday morning on charges of stealing scrap metal from Little Silver and Fair Haven businesses, police said.

They were also charged with other crimes after a joint investigation by the departments.

Paul Kirkstad, of Little Silver, and Nicholas Deluca, of Holmdel, were arrested in the area of Branch Avenue in Little Silver, Detective Sergeant Daniel Shaffery said.

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