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Belmar To Open Ocean Ave. Through 17th Ave. on Friday

More blocks opening now that boardwalk work progressing

Belmar plans to open Ocean Avenue up to 17th Avenue, on Friday, removing barriers from another portion of the oceanfront road packed with construction since Hurricane Sandy.

But now that construction has progressed south of 17th Avenue, vehicular access will be restored to the road, Mayor Matt Doherty said.

Now, vehicles can drive up to 10th Avenue before facing a detour. Another 7 blocks are expected to open Friday.

Boardwalk construction crews' lumber and equipment closed Ocean Avenue much of this year, as the borough worked to rebuild the boardwalk destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. But the boardwalk north of 10th is now all lain, and the road and some parking was opened up as work was complete.

charlie April 18, 2013 at 04:07 PM
Wow, every other town has been open for months. What about being hosed on ocean ave?
marcus d'addio April 18, 2013 at 05:18 PM
Charlie, if you had seen the extent of the equipment, timber, decking, and work needing to be done you would quickly realize that Ocean Ave. was not safe for vehicle or pedestrian traffic. It would also have not allowed the construction of 1.3 miles of boardwalk to have been done as quickly if left open....and "every other town" has not been open for months, so that is just not accurate....
charlie April 18, 2013 at 09:07 PM
Marcus, you are mistaken. I've been driving ocean ave for months in other towns. There was no reason not to let people walk on the sidewalk on ocean ave. Now I wonder if Belmar will layoff the half dozen police responsible for annoying citizens for walking on ocean ave. And when do you think the knuckleheads in charge will notch ocean ave and put in a spillway instead of leaving those pipe lay across ocean ave. It's only been 6 months and it's a 5 day job to build a spillway. Maybe more people are concerned about all the traffic on 71 then walking on the boards. Don't get me wrong, but why is the beach still closed after 6 months? Maybe someone wants to walk on the beach and not on the boardwalk.
SB Girl April 19, 2013 at 02:50 PM
Rode down part of Ocean Ave last week...so sad to see the old bath houses/restaurants gone...hoping Matisse will reopen somewhere soon...
Dame Bridgid April 20, 2013 at 12:03 AM
I saw the heavy construction equipment they had on Ocean. Mixing it with other vehicle traffic would not have been wise, charlie. Watch some of the time elapse construction work & see what I mean. You seem fixated on wanting a beach with no boardwalk... Like that Sierra Club dork who forced the town to use less ecologically sound materials, or face a court case from their deep pockets parent group in California. That boardwalk is the major drawing card for Belmar's Summer visitors. Get that fact through your brain. Stop wasting our time with sour grapes whining every time Belmar's steady progress toward their goal of restoration is reported. It is tiresome & petty.

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