A Middletown culvert that was undermined by flooding 17 months ago was overrun by water rushing downriver from Poricy Pond late Sunday morning.
A portion of Navesink River Road in Middletown will be narrowed to one lane of traffic as the final touches are made to earthen dam that collapsed in March, forcing a three-month closure, Monmouth County officials announced yesterday.
Work on the section of road adjoining Poricy Pond, between Hubbard Avenue and Route 35, is expected to start later this month and be is expected to be completed by mid-December, according to a county press release.
“Another round of unexpected delays” will push back the reopening of the western end of Navesink River Road in Middletown to the end of June, Monmouth County officials announced late last week.
The reconstruction of a culvert on Poricy Pond Brook that partially collapsed March 31 has been bedeviled by problems that included the rupture of a mis-marked water line and a valve failure that caused water to pour into the work zone unabated for days.
“It’s like a comedy of errors,” says nearby resident John Patterson, who says he visits the site almost daily to check on its progress.