Red Bank snowplows stuggled to clear Cedar Street, above, after last week’s two-day snowstorm. The story was a bit different on Madison Avenue, below.
As reported by redbankgreen, police issued a near-record number of $38 tickets during the storm for violations of a borough ordinance requiring that all vehicles be removed from all streets during snow emergencies.
Still, the move-your-car message seems to be getting through, and compliance levels were also high, public works director Cliff Keen told the borough council Wednesday.
“I think residents are starting to understand that if the cars are off the road it makes our job a lot easier,” he said. That includes not driving and “competing with our snowplows,” he said.
With another storm expected to drop 4-to-8 inches more snow Sunday, residents who don’t have access to driveways may park vehicles in two municipal lots. Details here. (Video above courtesy of Suzanne Viscomi; below by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)
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The north end of Maple Avenue in Red Bank was untouched by plows and tire tracks, but the intersection at West Front Street was clear Sunday evening, early in a northeaster expected to last up to 48 hours.
By dawn Monday, more than four inches had accumulated in Red Bank. A heavy, wet snowfall was expected throughout the day, bringing at least several more inches, according to the National Weather Service.
Of equal concern are wind gusts of up to 45 miles per hour, which could bring down tree limbs and power lines, the NWS warned. Governor Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency Sunday, and New Jersey Transit suspended rail and bus activity throughout the day Monday.
See the extended forecast for the Greater Red Bank Green below.
Liquid-brine prep work for an expected snowstorm left some artistic designs on the pavement in Fair Haven Saturday.
The Greater Red Bank Green could see accumulations of between 7 and 14 inches of snow in a storm expected to begin Sunday afternoon and continue into Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
Along with winds gusting up to 40 miles per hour and threats of power outages and coastal flooding, road travel is expected to be “difficult to impossible,” the NWS says.
Red Bank’s government has issued a parking alert; see below, along with the extended forecast for the region below. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)
A scrap was all that remained Tuesday of a banner promoting the recently concluded run of ‘Charlotte’s Web’ at the Two River Theater Company in Red Bank. The banner, strung over Broad Street at Irving Place, was damaged in the December 26-27 blizzard. (Click to enlarge)
Contractors worked since Wednesday to shore up the roof of the building, which partially collapsed under the weight of heavy snow, and the store got permission to reopen its doors at around noon Friday.
Within an hour, shoppers wended through the store loading up carts and baskets, moving around a cordoned off section at the south end where the damage occurred.
A snow plow on East River Road Monday. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)
By DUSTIN RACIOPPI
While other towns continue trying to dig out from massive amounts of snow, it’s down to a cleanup effort in Rumson.
Public Works crews worked through the night Monday plowing through the borough’s seven-square-miles, and by Tuesday morning all streets were open, “which, I don’t think, a lot of the neighboring towns can say,” Mayor John Ekdahl said.
On Monday, redbankgreen brought you photos taken on a walking tour of Red Bank shortly after the end of the paralyzing blizzard that walloped parts of the northeastern United States over the previous 24 hours.
Today, we give you the morning after the morning after, in which we retrace our steps to see how much has changed over the subsequent 24.
Photos are in pairs, the first of which was taken Monday morning, and the second, Tuesday morning.
(To enlarge the photo display, start it, then click the embiggen symbol in the lower right corner. To get back to redbankgreen, hit your escape key.)
Vehicles backed up along Riverside Avenue earlier today. Below, utility crews working on West Front Street, a portion of which is closed to traffic. (Click to enlarge)
Snow-clogged streets and work to replace a snapped utility pole on West Front Street is causing major traffic tie-ups in and around Red Bank Tuesday morning.
Police shut down West Front from Broad Street to Maple Avenue to enable the repair work, which was still underway as of 10:15a with no estimated time of completion yet available, said police Captain Darren McConnell.
Partly as a result of the shutdown, traffic was backed up on northbound Broad, eastbound West Front and southbound Riverside Avenue all the way across the Cooper Bridge into Middletown. A Red Bank municipal employee stuck in the tie-up told redbankgreen he’d been inching along for half an hour.
Among the three vehicles left abandoned on the Red Bank end of the Cooper Bridge were these two, still there at 9:30a Monday. Below, a motorist left a car at West Front Street and Riverside Avenue. (Click to enlarge)
Officials in Red Bank and nearby towns are asking motorists to stay off the streets while plow crews dig out from the blizzard that socked the region with at least two feet of snow Sunday and early Monday.
Abandoned vehicles and pedestrians walking in streets slowed the start of snow removal efforts, Red Bank officials say. Now, cars mired in deep drifts continue to hamper plowing.
“It’s a severe problem,” said Gary Watson, who heads up the borough’s public utilities department.
Numerous cars left stuck at intersections could still be found at daylight Monday, including three caught in deep snow on Bridge Avenue at the foot of the Cooper Bridge.
“We’re working on getting towtrucks out,” police Captain Darren McConnell told redbankgreen. “They’ve become a hinderance to the plows.”
Hoping to appease Steve Winwood fans who couldn’t make the musician’s concert because of Wednesday’s blizzard, officials at the Count Basie Theatre are offering them free seats to one of four upcoming performances by other artists.
They’re also attempting to clarify the position the theater found itself in as weather forecasts grew ominous in the days leading up to the show. Canceling the concert would have meant a “crippling financial loss” approaching $100,000, Basie CEO Numa Saisselin says in a letter to ticketholders posted overnight on the theater’s website.