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UPDATE: Route 35 to Reopen, But Barrier Island Access Will Still be Restricted

Brick details access plan; others await word on plans to re-open areas on Monday

When the Brick Township portion of the barrier island repopulates Jan. 7, some areas will still be restricted to residents only, officials have announced.

The new access rules go into effect 7 a.m. Monday.

Route 35 will open unrestricted southbound from the Mantoloking Bridge to Toms River, according to a statement from the Brick Township Police Department, but side streets on the island will be accessible to residents, their contractors, governmental personnel and "individuals critical to implementing individual or governmental recovery efforts only."

"While safety is always of paramount concern, the repopulation of the barrier island is also a priority for the Township of Brick," said Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis, in the statement.

Residents may return to their homes on a full-time basis. However, a curfew for residents will be in effect from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m., and access to the ocean beach will be restricted to emergency personnel and those employed in recovery efforts only.

A speed limit of 25 m.p.h. will also be in effect for all streets within Brick Township.

Mantoloking Borough announced earlier this week that Route 35 will remain closed north of the Mantoloking Bridge, as that town is not a part of the repopulation plan. Likewise to Brick, all of Mantoloking's side streets off Route 35 will remain closed.

The mayors of Brick Township, Toms River and Seaside Heights have announced re-population plans in a joint request to Governor Chris Christie to allow residents access back into their homes.

The North Beach area of Toms River, all of Brick and single-family homes in Seaside Heights were included in a formal joint request to re-populate their towns on the same day, on Jan. 7.

Michelle Blamble January 06, 2013 at 03:10 PM
"Lifetime" resident - clearly no one should move into a home that is dangerously unstable, or in a sink hole. There is no risk from homes with corroded electric as those homes have no electric, etc. What do all of the things you mentioned have to do with anything? Are you telling me that the other beaches are completely cleaned up? I know that's not true. Things don't have to be perfect to let people back in their homes. Your comment just makes me think you work for the Toms River government and are trying to justify your abuse of power.
Michelle Blamble January 06, 2013 at 03:13 PM
and regarding looters in abandoned areas. If the police didn't guarantee that thieves knew those areas were empty there wouldn't be so many problems. That's one of the things that concerns me - how easy it is for someone driving by to pop in steal things.
DiSenMar January 06, 2013 at 06:00 PM
My mom's been a resident of Ortley Beach for 40 years.... and cant go home...We need media attention... and the governor's attention... Ortley Beach is getting no press!!! Probably because they're not allowed there... What's with the Toms River mayor??? Did he forget about Ortley? But he still wants the tax money!!!!!
Betty Ann January 07, 2013 at 12:34 PM
when will the tax assessor department post the new tax bills on the website since they are due 2/1? Many of us already submitted the forms personally, but my taxes have not yet decreased for the next due date.
Ortley January 07, 2013 at 12:57 PM
don't hold your breath,we are waiting to hear back also.

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