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)

BICYCLIST STRUCK IN LITTLE SILVER

ls-accident-120411Emergency workers tend to Jorge Perez-Lopez, 35, of Long Branch after he was struck by a car while bicycling on White Road in Little Silver around 5:15 p.m. Sunday night. Perez-Lopez was taken to Riverview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, police said, and no summonses were issued to the driver, Douglas Gibbens, 51, of Rumson. An investigation into the accident is continuing. (Click to enlarge)

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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TRANSFORMER BLOWS IN LITTLE SILVER

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white-rd-062311-1A brief, strong storm that blew through the Green prompted an emergency response on White Road in Little Silver Thursday afternoon. Though fire officials were not immediately available for comment, a neighbor said it appeared that lightning sheared a tree, above, and struck nearby wires, causing a transformer on White to explode, sending debris up to fifty yards away. No injuries were reported, and the road was reopened after a brief shutdown. (Photos courtesy of Eric Flaherty; click to enlarge)