Commuter alert: A portion of Shrewsbury Avenue in Red Bank is slated for closure beginning Monday for work on the North Jersey Coast Line railroad crossing.
By JOHN T. WARD
Residents of Rumson and Sea Bright may see an unusual construction project as early as next month, when two utility companies run new service lines connecting the towns 25 feet below the floor of the Shrewsbury River.
Municipal and utility officials said they expect minimal disruption to traffic during the monthlong project, when New Jersey Natural Gas and New Jersey-American Water plan to drill beneath the river from Sea Bright to Rumson and then pull about a quarter-mile of piping across the span.
Beginning on or about January 12, the Oceanport Avenue bridge will be closed from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays for several weeks of repairs, according to Oceanport police. Detours via the nearby Goosenck Bridge will be in effect. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
The closures, from Bingham Avenue to west of Prospect Avenue, are expected to recur over six nights, weather permitting, except for the weekend. Residents who access their homes from the road are being allowed through, according to local police. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)
The northbound lane of Bridge Avenue in Red Bank between Chestnut Street and Drs. Parker Boulevard will be closed between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. daily for the month of October for roadwork, according to borough Engineer Christine Ballard.
As part of the town’s road program, the street is to get new sewers, curbs and asphalt, and paving will necessitate a full closure for a day or two, she said. Motorists are advised to use Shrewsbury Avenue instead. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
Red Bank officials plan to close portions of Drs. James Parker Boulevard between Shrewsbury and Maple avenues for paving Friday and Monday, the borough said in an alert Thursday afternoon. Detours will be in place.
The road will be open over the weekend, according to the alert – except for a portion outside the Celestial Lodge that will be closed from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday for the annual Community Block Party. Borough Administrator Stanley Sickels said paving of the portion between Shrewsbury and Bridge avenues will be completed Friday, in time for the event.
Milling and paving of the badly pitted roadway was delayed for months by a dispute with Conrail over repairs a grade crossing, borough officials have said. Conrail has decided not to rebuild the crossing at this time, Sickels said. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
[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)
A 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)
Motorists 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)
A shutdown of the North Jersey Coast Line grade crossing at Broad Street in Red Bank that was originally expected to take nearly three and a half days was completed in less than two, officials said, averting anticipated traffic jams on Monday. As of 3:30 p.m. Sunday, the work was completed, and crew members were waiting for asphalt to cure, one said, with an expected reopening at midnight. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
A three-plus-day shutdown of Broad Street at the North Jersey Coast Line grade crossing begins at 10 p.m. Friday for what New Jersey Transit calls routine inspection and maintenance. The shutdown, lasting until Tuesday morning, is expected to cause traffic havoc throughout the weekend, but particularly on Monday; rail commuters are also being warned to expect delays. Here’s redbankgreen‘s full story on the closure, in case you missed it. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)
New Jersey Transit plans to close the heavily traveled railroad crossing at Broad Street/Route 35 to vehicular traffic starting Friday night for an estimated three-plus days of round-the-clock inspections and repairs on its North Jersey Coast Line track, a spokeswoman said.
In addition, rail traffic in both directions will be funneled onto a single track pair near the location, rather than the usual two, a move that is expected to cause mass transit delays, said spokeswoman Nancy Snyder.
Motorists who pass through the intersection of Bridge Avenue and Doctors James Parker Boulevard in Red Bank are in for about 10 days of detours, beginning as early as Tuesday morning, as Monmouth County upgrades the intersection. Doctors Parker, also known as West Bergen Place, will be closed around the clock between Bridge and Shrewsbury Avenue for the duration, according to a notice from the borough government. (Click to enlarge)
A family of Canada geese appeared flummoxed by the detour at Bridge Avenue and Oakland Street in Red Bank Friday afternoon. Filmmaker Bill Day caught their meanderings on video. The intersection is closed for the reconstruction of the railroad crossing at Bridge Avenue and Monmouth Street. (Video by Bill Day.)
As reported by redbankgreen earlier this month, the intersection of Bridge Avenue and Monmouth Street in Red Bank will be closed to traffic for about two weeks starting Thursday morning for replacement of the NJ Transit railroad crossing. Expect detours, borough officials said. (Click to enlarge)
Traffic into an out of downtown Red Bank via lower Broad Street will be impacted Tuesday by a blocklong closure, so if that’s part of your route, find another one or prepare for detours. The shutdown, between Reckless and Leroy places, is to allow for more tree removal work by Monmouth County in the area of the post office, police said. (Click to enlarge)
By WIL FULTON
Little Silver police reported Seven Bridges Road reopened Monday evening after a nine-month closure.
But Monmouth County has no immediate plans to remove two controversial traffic lights installed to facilitate traffic flows through detours necessitated by the project, said Mayor Bob Neff.
Commuters and other motorists who use Monmouth Street between Bridge and Maple avenues in Red Bank should avoid it tonight, as it’s closed for milling and repaving. The closure will be in effect until about 7 p.m. Tuesday, run from 7 a.m. through most of the day Wednesday, and will be implemented again on Thursday if necessary, police said. (Click to enlarge)
By JOHN T. WARD
Drivers who ignore a widely flouted construction detour may be in for trouble starting Thursday morning, when Little Silver police plan to impose a second set of part-time detours in conjunction with the reopening of the borough’s two schools, authorities said.
The two-month-old shutdown of Seven Bridges Road, though frequently ignored by motorists, has already exacerbated traffic woes at key bottlenecks around town, as well as in the central business district, police Chief Dan Shaffery tells redbankgreen.
Now, in an effort to ensure the safety of children entering and leaving the Little Silver Point Road School, officials plan to implement an additional set of detours in the morning and afternoon and those changes are apt to cause frustration among parents over the first few days of the school year, Shaffery acknowledges.
“The hardest part will be relying on people to follow the detour route, especially on Seven Bridges,” Shaffery said. “It should have been followed from the beginning, but it wasn’t.”
Monmouth County officials were expected to shut down Seven Bridges Road (seen above from Rumson Road) Monday to allow for the $2.7 million reconstruction of a small, timber bridge on Seven Bridges Road just north of the Little Silver Point Road intersection.
The project calls for detours (shown in the map above) that are expected to be in place for up to six months, according the the county engineer’s office. (Click to enlarge)