RED BANK: SWAYING POLE CLOSES BLOCK

Swaying perilously in the wind and rain with lines that cross the NJ Transit rail at the Red Bank station, a damaged utility pole forced the closure of Chestnut Street around 9 a.m. Thursday. Emergency personnel were on the scene. (Video by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

RED BANK: AIR RAID SIRENS SILENCED AT LAST

Civil Defense sirens atop a pole on Branch Avenue. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

First came the spoken warning of a test, and then, the extended, ear-piercing blare.

During the chilliest part of the Cold War, the weekly tests of the Civil Defense air raid sirens mounted on utility poles across town served as a weekly reminder to Red Bank residents and visitors that the potential for nuclear catastrophe was real, imminent, and that they should be ready for it.

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RED BANK: VEHICLE CLIPS UTILITY POLE

RB ACCIDENT 062216 2A piece of a utility pole was left dangling in air after the lower portion was struck by a vehicle on Mpale Avenue near Monmouth Street in Red Bank Wednesday afternoon. Information on the crash was not immediately available, but there appeared to be no injuries resulting, said a person on the scene. As of 3:38 p.m., police had closed off northbound Maple Avenue between Chestnut and Monmouth Street to facilitate repairs.  (Reader photo. Click to enlarge)

LEANER BECOMES A SPARKER

sparking-leaner-060211Sparking wires attached to a utility pole on Broad Street near East Bergen Place in Red Bank brought out volunteer firefighters and an electricity company crew around 8 p.m. Thursday. The pole is a replacement for one that came under the intense journalistic scrutiny of redbankgreen last year as one of several “leaners” in town. (Click to enlarge)

POLE FIX JAMS RED BANK TRAFFIC

tieupVehicles 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)

pole-fixSnow-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.

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