RED BANK-M’TOWN: BRIDGE PAVING DELAYED

hubbard 091615 4HOT-TOPIC_03So, how’s the final paving of Hubbard’s Bridge between Red Bank and Middletown going? It’s not, apparently.

Contrary to multiple alerts about overnight closings from Monmouth County, which owns the bridge, as well as from the two towns the bridge connects, paving work that was to have been done this week hasn’t been, with the latest postponement occurring on Thursday.

A county spokeswoman offered no reason for the inactivity, but said the county is on track to complete all work on the new West Front Street span by the end of April. Meantime, the overnight closures for the paving work have not yet been rescheduled, she said. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK-M’TOWN: BRIDGE WORK NEARS END

hubbard's 033016HOT-TOPIC_03The paving of Hubbard’s Bridge on West Front Street between Red Bank and Middletown will require an additional night of closure between 8 p.m. Thursday and 6 a.m. Friday, according to an alert from Red Bank borough. Monmouth County officials had previously expected the work to be finished Wednesday night. Motorists are advised to plan alternate routes.

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RED BANK-M’TOWN: BRIDGE WORK PLANNED

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Hubbard’s Bridge on West Front Street between Red Bank and Middletown will be closed for paving from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to an alert from Red Bank borough. Motorists are advised to plan alternate routes
(Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

NEW BRIDGE OPENS JUST IN TIME FOR SUMMER

hubbard's 051815 3The first few cars of eastbound traffic head toward Red Bank over the the new West Front Street bridge between Red Bank and Middletown Monday morning. Below, Red Bank Marina owner Steve Remaley with Red Bank Councilman Mike DuPont.  (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

dupont remaley 051815Slightly over budget but on time, the new West Front Street bridge linking Red Bank and Middletown opened Monday morning, replacing a clanging “temporary” structure amid forecasts that it might last for 75 or more years.

Though cosmetic work on the bridge will continue for several weeks, the opening – on the cusp of the summer season, and with a temporary closure of the nearby Oceanic Bridge about to begin – marked a victory against a ticking clock, Freeholder Tom Arnone told redbankgreen.

“It was all-hands-on” to get the bridge open after a five-month closure, he said.

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HUBBARD’S BRIDGE: NOT DONE, BUT READY

hubbard 051715 2 hubbard 051715 1As seen in these photos taken Sunday afternoon, the new Hubbard’s Bridge between Red Bank and Middletown still has a punchlist of unfinished details, such as the installation of decorative lamps, as seen at right. Still, the span is slated to open Monday with a 10 a.m. ribbon cutting on the Middletown side, Monmouth County officials said Friday.

Above is a view from the Middletown side, including a new “overheight vehicle” warning drivers of trucks and other large vehicles of the 10-foot, 11-inch trestle clearance on the Red Bank side that has claimed many a truck roof (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

NEW BRIDGE OPENS TO FOOT TRAFFIC & BIKES

hubbard 051615 2 hubbard 051615 3 An unofficial count put runner Julie Buffardi of Red Bank, above, as the fourth pedestrian to cross the new Hubbard’s Bridge between Red Bank and Middletown after it was opened to pedestrians and bicyclists Saturday afternoon.

The span is slated to open Monday with a 10 a.m. ribbon cutting on the Middletown side, Monmouth County officials said Friday.  (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

NEW BRIDGE TO OPEN MONDAY… OR SOONER?

HUBBARD 051515 hubbard  plan 2008After nearly five months of detours affecting thousands of commuters, the new Hubbard’s Bridge between Red Bank and Middletown is slated to open Monday with a 10 a.m. ribbon cutting on the Middletown side, Monmouth County officials said Friday.

A worker on the site told redbankgreen that the new span – shown at right in red, just north of the “temporary” bridge it replaces – may open to traffic on Sunday. But Red Bank police Chief Darren McConnell that he was unaware of any plans for an early opening.  (Photos by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

HUBBARD’S BRIDGE NEARING COMPLETION

hubbard 050415 1 hubbard 050415 2Two weeks before its scheduled completion, the new Hubbard’s Bridge between Red Bank and Middletown showed further signs of advancement Monday, including a sidewalk along part of the northern rim.

Monmouth County officials say the new bridge, which will replace the steel structure that’s been closed since the start of the year, will open May 17. (Photos by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

HUBBARD’S BRIDGE ENTERS FINAL MONTH

hubbard's 041715 1 hubbard's 041715 2With one month to go before a self-imposed completion deadline, the new Hubbard’s Bridge between Red Bank and Middletown appeared to be making rapid progress last Friday. The semblance of a roadway appeared between the bridge deck and West Front Street in Middletown, above, and parapet walls that line the northern edge of the span were tied into the existing retaining wall of a residential property, as seen at right.

The existing temporary steel span that adjoins the new bridge has been closed to vehicular trafic since the start of the year, but remains open to pedestrians and bicyclists. Monmouth County officials say the new bridge will open May 17. (Photos by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

HUBBARD’S BRIDGE: IT’S GETTING THERE

hubbards bridge 031715hubbard  plan 2008Parapets similar to those on the nearby Route 35 Cooper’s Bridge were being installed on the new Hubbard’s Bridge between Red Bank and Middletown last week, as seen from the existing temporary steel span, which has been closed since the start of the year but remains open to pedestrians and bicyclists.

Despite the harsh winter, the Monmouth County Engineer’s office still expects the new bridge, which spans the Swimming River at West Front Street, to be completed by May 16, a spokeswoman tells redbankgreen. (Photo above by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

HUBBARD’S BRIDGE: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

hubbard's 123014hubbard bridge 122714 5Beginning next Monday, or thereabouts, Hubbard’s Bridge between Red Bank and Middletown will be closed to traffic for four months as a new span, at left above, is completed, Monmouth County officials said this week. The existing steel structure, right, installed as a temporary fix a decade ago, will be dismantled for future use elsewhere, officials have said. (Click to enlarge)

See detour information and bridge factoids below, courtesy of Monmouth County (except for the cheeky last one). 

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RED BANK: FOUR-MONTH CLOSURE NEARS

hubbard 2 041812The path of the new Hubbards Bridge between Middletown, on the left, and Red Bank is marked in yellow. (Click to enlarge)

HOT-TOPIC_03Commuters who use the bridge connecting Red Bank and Middletown via West Front Street may want to come up with alternate plans.

Starting today, Monday, Monmouth County plans to subject Hubbard Avenue “and other roads on the Middletown side” of the span to intermittent lane closures between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., the county said in an announcement Monday morning.

The closures are part of the prep work for a four-month closure of the bridge that begins on January 2.

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MIDDLETOWN CRASH KILLS MOTORCYCLIST

This just in from Middletown PD:

On September 4, 2013 at approximately 3:04pm the Middletown Police Department responded to the area of West Front Street and Harbor Green Circle in reference to a motor vehicle collision. Preliminary investigation revealed Robert Depalma, age 69, from Monroe Township, was operating a motor cycle travelling east bound on West Front Street when he was struck by a vehicle travelling west bound that was attempting to make a left turn onto Harbor Green Circle operated by Daniella Coccurello, age 23, from Lincroft, NJ.

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RED BANK: EYESORE SPACE IN FOR MAKEOVER

The new owner of the former Love Lane tuxedo space also owns the four-story 12 Broad Street, just around the corner. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508One of downtown Red Bank’s more glaring eyesore buildings is about to get a gut job.

The owners of the highly successful 12 Broad Street have acquired the former Love Lane tuxedo space around the corner at 23 West Front Street, partner Nima Nili confirmed Monday.

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SAWTOOTH ADDS CREATIVE BITE TO RED BANK

Sawtooth Group principals Kristie Bridges and Jay Quilty in the firm’s new third-floor space at Corporate Plaza before the move-in last weekend. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank got a double-barreled economic and creative infusion with the opening of Sawtooth Group‘s new headquarters in long-vacant space on West Front Street Monday.

Local officials and merchants expect the ad agency’s wholesale move of 60 employees from Woodbridge to the five-year-old Corporate Plaza complex, at the corner of Pearl Street, will give a jolt to downtown restaurants and stores.

But firm principal Kristie Bridges, of Rumson, tells redbankgreen there’s a third way in which Sawtooth hopes to make its presence felt: through volunteerism.

“We always wanted to be in a culturally rich town, with a sense of community,” she said. “We really feel we could get involved here and be inspired here.”

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WHERE’D THE LOVE GO?

The former home of Love Lane Tuxedos is one of downtown Red Bank’s most persistent large vacancies. (Click to enlarge)

By MIKE BARON

Where’s the love for the old Love Lane building?

The prominent storefront on West Front Street, with its distinctive retro signage, has remained stubbornly vacant for eight years, and the exterior is showing its age.

Now, amid  many signs of resurgence on the block, the address is starting to stand out as an eyesore, neighbors say.

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MARINA OWNER BRACES FOR BRIDGE SQUEEZE

“There’s no money for business interruption,” says Red Bank Marina owner Steve Remaley, below, who also stands to lose land on both sides of the bridge. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Steve Remaley is about to get it from all sides.

As Monmouth County nears its long-overdue replacement of Hubbard’s Bridge between Red Bank and Middletown starting early next year, the owner of Red Bank Marina is facing:

•• the loss of a large parcel of land, opposite his shop on West Front Street, where many of his customers park their vehicles and boat trailers

•• the loss of a strip of land on the marina’s main property for the creation of a new pedestrian and bike path to Shrewsbury Avenue

•• up to two years of diminished business, including a stretch of at least three months during which bridge traffic will be shut down entirely.

And that’s the best-case scenario.

“I have no idea what I’m in for,” Remaley tells redbankgreen, leaning on a boat being readied for spring and summer use. “This could be the best thing to ever happen to me, or the worst.”

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BIKE SHOP PLANS WEST FRONT ROLLOUT

Jonathan Erdelyi takes a break from painting the interior of the Red Bicycle Studio, his new bike shop on West Front Street. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

More and more, Red Bank’s a biking town.

There’s the Safe Routes Red Bank initiative, which aims to make it easier for kids to bike and walk to school, and beyond that, to improve safety for all riders and pedestrians.

There’s a master plan to do the same. There’s a group planning to establish a pilot program for bike-sharing here.

There are scads of bike commuters, local road racing groups and triathloners.

But since the departure of the Peddler from White Street half a decade ago, there hasn’t been a bike shop in town.

Jonathan Erdelyi, a 30-year-old national racing champion, has a fix for that.

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PED/BIKE RAMP PLANNED FOR NEW BRIDGE

Monmouth County Engineer Joe Ettore traces the path of the planned walkway, which continues off the proposed new bridge (in yellow) and up a series of ramps along the the west side of the rail line to Shrewsbury Avenue. Below, an elevation rendering of the bridge.  (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Monmouth County officials say they have solved the daunting sidewalk-to-nowhere conundrum they faced in designing a new bridge to connect Red Bank and Middletown at West Front Street.

The fix? Create a walk-and-bike path that will bypass the narrow rail trestle on the Red Bank side, Monmouth County Engineer Joe Ettore said Wednesday.

In what was billed as a preview of a fuller public presentation to come in the spring, Monmouth County Engineer Joe Ettore told Red Bank’s mayor and council that the revised plan for the new Hubbards Bridge also calls for a construction timetable that will detour traffic around the span for just three or four months of the projected 18-to-24-month buildout.

And when it’s all done, the borough will end up with a new parcel of green space overlooking the upper Navesink River, he said.

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MIDDLETOWN ROAD REMAINS CLOSED

w-front-120211 West Front Street between Bernard Drive and Shady Oaks Way in Middletown remained closed Friday morning following a reported water main break late Thursday afternoon. A repair crew was on the scene, but no information was immediately available about how long the work might take. (Click to enlarge)

YO MON, HERE COMES MORE FRO-YO

alphagr-2A self-serve frozen yogurt shop called Yo Mon plans to take over the space used by AlphaGraphics, which plans to move just a block east, to White Street. (Click to enlarge)

By MOLLY MULSHINE

retail churn smallFirst it was cupcakes. Now it’s fro-yo.

Just as three cupcake shops invaded Red Bank in matter of months, two new self-serve frozen yogurt dispensaries are hoping to grab business from Monmouth Street veteran Frozsürt.

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