Barrier Island Access Plan Coming Together

Governor's approval expected, details emerge

Details are emerging on the repopulation of the Brick section of the barrier island.

Pending the approval of Gov. Chris Christie, residents of Brick Township, Toms River Township and Seaside Heights – with the exception of Ortley Beach – will be able to repopulate on a full-time basis. On that same date, Route 35 is expected to reopened to the public.

New details on that plan began to emerge as the date moves closer.

While motorists will be able to cross the Mantoloking Bridge without the road blocks that have been in place since Superstorm Sandy hit, they will only be able to travel south on the state highway, said Brick Police Chief Nils R. Bergquist.

Mantoloking Borough is not part of the repopulation plan that includes the three other towns, so while motorists must pass through a portion of Mantoloking to access Brick and points south, travel north of Herbert Street – known as Mantoloking Road on the Brick side of the bridge – will be limited to residents only.

"The devastation there is so bad, and the road cannot handle that kind of traffic," Bergquist said, of Mantoloking. "It would be putting all those people traveling through there at risk, and then we also have to worry about the security of those people's possessions since the houses there are ripped apart."

The Mantoloking Office of Emergency Management said New Jersey state troopers will enforce the new northbound checkpoint at the intersection of Herbert Street and Route 35.

Mantoloking's OEM also announced Wednesday that while motorists will be able to pass through a portion of the borough going southbound, only residents will be allowed on side streets.

Brick officials are still mapping out their final plans for repopulation and access to the island.

"We are in the process of modifying our emergency declarations to accommodate the free flow of traffic on Route 35, while still protecting our residents and their property," said Bergquist.

Barring any setbacks this week, Bergquist said, Jan. 7 is still the expected repopulation date.

Daniel Nee January 03, 2013 at 06:52 PM
No lifeguards, however. ;)
Dave January 03, 2013 at 09:00 PM
I say let the outer islands to back to the crabs and sea turtles. Tax payers shouldn't have to be spending millions every year to move sand around and rebuild what mother nature has torn down. Take your losses and move inland.
Joseph Fekete January 03, 2013 at 09:51 PM
Come ON ! They've got to re-open Rt. 35 . NORTH of the Mantoloking Bridge ALSO ! The extra traffic now on Rt. 88, and 70, is intolerable !
Tom January 04, 2013 at 04:43 AM
Joseph. Sorry the traffic is an inconvenience to you. I'm glad you were clearly unaffected by the storm. Booradley - you're a dope. If you own a home, and I suspect you don't, I hope you never suffer catastrophic loss. And if something were to happen to your home/government subsidized rental,, I hope some dopey hack doesn't tell you to "take your losses" elsewhere. Perhaps it's my own naiveity, but I'm still shocked at some people's lack of compassion and empathy. Well done, gentlemen.
Amy Cavanaugh January 05, 2013 at 01:01 PM
Love that comment clearly he was unaffected


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