RUMSON: UTILITIES TO GO BELOW RIVER

Natural gas and water supply lines are to be tunneled beneath the Shrewsbury River between Rumson Road in Rumson, above, and Sea Bright. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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.

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RUMSON: BEFORE THE NEW BRIDGE, A DIG

rumson dig 070715 2Rumson-sb bridge 012313A crew from Richard Grubb & Associates, under contract to Monmouth County, was out doing archaeological work just east of the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge Tuesday morning. The property, which will be used in the approach to a replacement bridge across the Shrewsbury River, was once the site of a mansion, built in 1890 by Mrs. John G. Neeser, that was later owned by longtime Mayor and United States Senator and William Warren Barbour. According to county spokeswoman Laura Kirkpatrick, the aim of the monthlong dig is to determine if any artifacts from the late 19th century or prior might be buried there, with a number of five-foot-by-five-foot holes dug and refilled by the end of each day.

Construction of of the new span – seen in white in the concept plan above right  may begin by 2018, Kirkpatrick said.  (Photo above by John T. Ward, at right by Wil Fulton. Click to enlarge)

RUMSON ROAD REPAVING SCHEDULED

rumson rd 040415Users of Rumson Road in Rumson and Little Silver should prepare for disruption to their routines starting Wednesday. Monmouth County plans to repave the road between Branch Avenue and Bingham Avenue, a job that is expected to take six days, depending on the cooperation of the weather, according to a notice on the Rumson website. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

OOH, THAT’S GOTTA BE EMBARRASSING

A pricey Ford GT sports car ended up kissing a tree on Rumson Road near the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge in a one-car crash Sunday afternoon. Police said they don’t know what caused the accident, but that no one was injured. (Photo by Jeff Bratteson. Click to enlarge)

SEVEN BRIDGES ROAD DETOURS TO BEGIN

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)

LIGHTS ON IN LITTLE SILVER

New flashing amber and red lights at White Road and Branch Avenue in Little Silver joined a pair at Rumson Road and Branch, in foreground above, over the weekend.

The new signals are to remain in place for the duration of a bridge rebuilding project on Seven Bridges Road and resulting detour, at right, which are expected to begin after July 4 and last at least six months, Monmouth County officials say.  (Click to enlarge)

GAS LINE WORK SNARLS LITTLE SILVER

Underground utility-line repair work on Branch Avenue caused significant traffic backups in Little Silver and Rumson Monday afternoon. Detours were briefly instituted as Branch Avenue was closed between Rumson and White roads, according to Little Silver police Chief Dan Shaffery, who said the roadwork was completed and traffic was moving as normal by 4 p.m.. (Click to enlarge)

WHERE HAVE I SEEN THIS?

In the time that Jimmy and Lori Monteforte having been renting a house on Rumson Road in Little Silver, the blue-and-white buoy they plopped on the front lawn as a decoration appears to have become quite the attention-getter.

The buoy was featured as last week’s Where Have I Seen This?, and generated a boatload of answers. Thirty-eight, to be precise, one of our strongest-ever responses.

But in the days after our photo appeared, one or more clowns went up onto the lawn and banged the heck out of the buoy’s upper framework.

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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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CHEMICAL FIRE SETS OFF EXPLOSIONS

sailers-way-hoseFire hoses lie on the lawn of a Rumson home, which was the scene of an hours-long fire Friday. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

A chemical fire at a Rumson home Friday afternoon spurred the evacuation of two homes and kept emergency workers on the scene into Saturday morning trying to contain a cantankerous series of explosions.

“It sounded like the Fourth of July fireworks for about three hours,” said Bob Maras, who was one of dozens of volunteer responders who worked about 12 hours outside the home at 3 Sailers Way.

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TWO-CAR CRASH ON RUMSON ROAD

rumson-crash1Two cars collided on Rumson Road and Avenue of Two Rivers this morning. At least one minor injury was reported. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

At least one minor injury was reported in a late-morning accident in Rumson Friday, causing a brief shutdown of a section of one of the borough’s main roads.

The accident, involving a silver Chrysler Sebring convertible and a white Honda Pilot, occurred at the intersection of Rumson Road and Avenue of Two Rivers at about 11:30 a.m.

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LITTLE SILVER HOUSE PLAN UP FOR REVIEW

parker-homesteadA plan to open the Parker Homestead as a museum is scheduled for presentation Thursday night. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

The decade or so of renovating at the Parker Homestead is nothing when measured against how long it’s been there — about 340 years. But virtual dormancy has kept it from living up to its potential as one of Little Silver’s most accessible windows on the past.

Not for much longer.

On Thursday, consultants and historians are scheduled to give a presentation on the work that’s been done on the borough’s oldest home, and how future work will bring the homestead into a new age as a museum and educational center.

The public is invited to not only hear what’s happened at the property, but also give input.

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SUV FLIPS IN TWO-CAR RUMSON ACCIDENT

rumson-rd-accOne car flipped in a late-morning accident on Rumson Road Saturday. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

A two-car accident on Rumson Road sent an unknown number of people to the hospital Saturday morning and left an ugly scene for emergency responders to clean up.

Fire Chief Kevin McCarthy said those involved in the accident, in which a white Lexus sports utility vehicle flipped over on the side of the road, were taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.

“Everybody was out of the area when we got here,” he said at about 11a.

This is the second accident on Rumson Road in two days.

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RUMSON ACCIDENT SENDS ONE TO HOSPITAL

rumson-accidentAn early afternoon accident on Rumson Road shut down traffic between Kemp Avenue and Sycamore Lane in Rumson Thursday. The single-car accident, involving a Chevrolet sedan bearing Connecticut license plates, occurred around 1p in front of  Rumson Country Club. Police said the driver suffered unknown injuries and was sent to the hospital. Further details were not immediately available. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

PROBLEM RUMSON INTERSECTION GETS A LIFT

rumsonRecent changes to the intersection of Rumson Road and Bingham Avenue are expected to reduce accidents and increase sight lines. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

The first sign, added about two years ago on Bingham Avenue in Rumson to warn of a stop sign farther ahead, didn’t seem to get the point across to drivers heading south toward Rumson Road.

A second warning, saying there is a stop 1,000 feet ahead, didn’t quite do the trick, either.

“We were still getting accidents,” Mayor John Ekdahl said.

That intersection, he said, has seen the most accidents in town in the last five years.

With the recent completion of improvements made by Monmouth County, Ekdahl hopes the number of accidents will decrease. It’ll be a game of wait-and-see, though.

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MINOR INJURIES IN RUMSON ROAD CRASH

rumson-crashOne person was injured in a head-on collision on Rumson Road Tuesday night. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

An unidentified driver was taken to a hospital with minor injuries after a head-on collision at a busy intersection in Rumson Tuesday night.

The crash occurred around 9:15p at the corner of Ward Avenue and Rumson Road, opposite Holy Cross School — a problematic and sometimes tricky area to navigate, neighbors said.

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