More access to Ocean Avenue in Belmar could be coming as early as next week.
Officials at the local and county level are working to reopen another five blocks of the oceanfront road, Mayor Matt Doherty told Patch last night.
Late in March, barriers were removed from Ocean Avenue at 1st through 5th Avenues allowing pedestrian and vehicular access. Some parking was restored though much of the spaces are not open.
Doherty said officials are working to open the road through 10th Avenue in seven days.
The roadway was originally closed after Hurricane Sandy for safety reasons as debris and damage littered the area. It remained closed as construction crews entered the area to remove debris, sift sand and rebuild the boardwalk. Doherty said previously the amount of construction materials and equipment blocking the road made keeping Ocean Avenue closed necessary.