ROAD REOPENS, ‘TEMPORARY’ LIGHTS REMAIN

Contractors raced Monday afternoon to beat a deadline to reopen a bridge they’d rebuilt over the past nine months. (Photo by Wil Fulton. 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.

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LITTLE SILVER: ROAD REOPENING UNCERTAIN

The planned reopening of Seven Bridges Road in Little Silver after a nine-month shutdown for a bridge rebuilding was uncertain Monday morning. “Certain things are not cooperating” and could push the reopening back to Tuesday, said an official on the job who asked not to be identified. (Click to enlarge)

LITTLE SILVER BRACES FOR DETOUR WALLOPS

A map showing the overlay detours that take effect with the reopening of Little Silver schools on Thursday. (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.”

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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)

MAYOR: BRIDGE JOB MAY RE-LIGHT DEBATE


A traffic detour, in purple above, is expected to last at least seven months during the replacement of a bridge on Seven Bridges Road, below.  (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

A bridge-replacement project in Little Silver that’s expected to take up to nine months could jam up a pair of intersections more than a mile away starting in July.

That, in turn, may also reinvigorate a dormant debate over whether those intersections are long overdue for traffic signals, Mayor Bob Neff tells redbankgreen.

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SIX INJURED IN LITTLE SILVER COLLISION

ls-crash-051511The occupants of the Honda Civic, at left, both in their 80’s, required extrication following the crash on Seven Bridges Road. (Click to enlarge)

Six people, including two women in their 80s, were taken to area hospitals following a two-car collision that closed a key intersection in Little Silver for two hours Sunday night, police reported.

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COULDA USED AN EIGHTH BRIDGE

7bridge_01Motorists encountered flooding on Seven Bridges Road in Little Silver last night. (Click to enlarge)

The wetness continues Tuesday morning, though not with the steadiness of Monday’s rain, according to the National Weather Service.

Here’s the forecast:

Today: Periods of rain, mainly before noon. High near 61. North wind 7 to 10 mph becoming southwest. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

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