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.