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Route 35, Mantoloking Bridge to Reopen Today

Christie has approved barrier island repopulation plan

Starting Monday, the public will once again be able to drive over the Mantoloking Bridge and on Route 35.

The state of emergency that barred public travel over the bridge and on the state highway will be amended as of 7 a.m., meaning travel on the barrier island – which has been restricted to limited visits by residents and authorized individuals – will be allowed for the first time since Oct. 29 when Superstorm Sandy rolled ashore.

Residents will also be able to allowed to live in their homes on a full-time basis.

The repopulation plan, which was jointly signed by the mayors of Brick, Toms River and Seaside Heights, received approval from Gov. Chris Christie's office on Friday afternoon. Residents in all of those towns, with the exception of the Ortley Beach section of Toms River, may repopulate.

In Brick, the repopulation plan comes with several restrictions, including a 25 m.p.h. speed limit as well as a nightly curfew from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. Side streets as well as the oceanfront will be off-limits to the public.

Brick Police Chief Nils R. Bergquist said the curfew covers pedestrians only, and Route 35 will be open as it normally is.

Travel will be possible from Herbert Street in Mantoloking through Seaside Heights. There was no word when Route 35 would reopen north of Herbert Street through Mantoloking and Bay Head.

RiverLiving January 08, 2013 at 11:11 AM
As a owner of waterfront property, i agree with most of you that public money should not be used to fix dunes and beaches, it should be up to the owners. If the beaches were private then the owners should pay. You have enjoyed the beach all these years without public interference, then you should pay, but not in femma loans or grants. It's time for these people to put up or shut up, if they cant afford it, then make it public.
Scott Wright January 08, 2013 at 12:15 PM
Brick Surfer in response to beach badges Taxpayers are paying for the services in Hawaii Somebody has to pay. Beach badges was a way that I thought would let the people who use the beach pay. As many people have stated let the people who are affected pat not come out if general fund. Maybe higher fees for a few years to pay for clean up.
Eileene Hutchinson January 08, 2013 at 06:53 PM
EH We had a home in Shore Acres which was destroyed by Sandy. We are now living in PT PL and find it necessary to go to our house almost daily BUT we can't use RT 35. I don't understand why it is still closed through Bay Head and Mantoloking. What is the reason?
North Jersey January 15, 2013 at 08:07 PM
Betty Get over it, the barrier Islands need people to come back, or they will not survive, no one wants to take pictures of your devistation, we all feel terrible about what happened, but we love the shore also, and want to see it come back ASAP, you guys need people to come back, even if it's site seeing right now,
KB January 24, 2013 at 12:01 PM
I am a year round resident in Point Pleasant who has traveled Rt 35 to Brick and Toms River instead of Rt 70. It is the shortest route to many of my destinations. My husband and I are members of The Surfrider Foundation and have worked side by side with families who have lost their homes and are trying to get them back. We are volunteers doing back breaking work. Even though we're in neighboring towns, we are strangers. You won't recognize me as I drive along Rt 35, or stand alongside you at the supermarket for the hundredth time. So please don't assume I'm a gawker and I won't assume you are. Deal? I don't want anything from anyone.

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