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Belmar's Ocean Avenue To Remain Closed As Boardwalk Piling Construction Continues

Piling work in particular uses much of roadway for materials, equipment

Ocean Avenue in Belmar will remain off limits for some time, Mayor Matt Doherty said, as construction crews drive pilings 20 feet into the ground to rebuild the destroyed boardwalk.

Epic Construciton will be working weekdays starting at 7 a.m. to complete the work but the roadway will close seven days of the week as construction equipment and materials are stored there for this portion of the boardwalk rebuild.

Doherty had hoped a discussion with the county — as Ocean Avenue is a county road — might reopen Ocean Avenue in one direction. Currently towns such as Long Branch have taken to making the more damaged portions of their ocean front roadway into a one-way street for the time being.

But as 20 foot pilings, the trucks that deliver them, and the equipment and crews that drive the pilings into the beach take up so much of the right of way and road, Ocean Avenue will remain closed for the time being.

openbelmar January 29, 2013 at 01:14 PM
No reason to keep ocean ave closed anymore. Its not a disaster zone like it was when sandy hit. All of the mess is mostly cleaned up. Open up ocean ave to traffic again!
joegoofinoff April 02, 2013 at 07:41 PM
exactly...

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