Barrier Island Closed to Vehicles Dec. 8 to 18 for Natural Gas System Repairs

Utility announced the next step in service restoration on Monday

Toms River's section of barrier island is expected to be closed to traffic from Dec. 8 to 18 as New Jersey Natural Gas crews make "critical" repairs to their system that will lead to service restoration for some by the end of the month.

Crews are prepared to re-activate gas service on the island but must follow a protocol to charge the lines before any sources of ignition -- vehicles included -- can enter the area, according to a statement on the Toms River Township website.

Once gas lines in the area are re-actived, another team will begin installing meters. When meters are installed and electricity has been restored, a qualified technician who has determined the gas equipment is safe may restore service to the property, according to NJNG.

Natural gas service is expected to be restored by the end of December to "all of our customers whose homes have not sustained such major damage that we cannot safely restore their service," a spokesperson for the utility said.

Customers who smell gas are advised to leave the building, refrain from using matches, cell phones or electrical switches and are asked to call 1-800-GAS-LEAK.

chattsworth December 03, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Are Lavallette residents still allowed in when the Toms River people are banned? Our adjuster is supposed to show up on Dec 18th. Does anybody know if we can get in on that day?
BN December 03, 2012 at 11:39 PM
"NJNG is prepared to re-activate the gas service on the barrier island. In order to do so, NJ Natural Gas must follow a protocol of charging the gas lines with low-pressure, checking for leaks, and then raising the pressure slowly, again checking for leaks. As each area is activated, the gas company will continue to move south on the barrier island. Based on the phasing plan provided by the gas company, the barrier island in Toms River will be closed to traffic from December 8-18, 2012. In order to activate the gas lines, NJNG can’t allow any source of ignition in the area, such as cars. As a result, in order to insure an expeditious and safe re-activation, the entire area must be closed off. There will no access to the barrier island unless NJNG authorizes permission to enter that area." I would say you're answer is no.
OB December 03, 2012 at 11:56 PM
They are killing us .. Ortley we havent been able to have full access. contractors soon to work on flood remediation/ chasing contractors.. now cant get on island for 10 days!!
Xman December 04, 2012 at 12:12 AM
CM December 04, 2012 at 12:55 AM
When NJNG installed lines in my neighborhood, no one had to evacuate. Not even for an hour. New lines under the roads and all.
David Daur December 04, 2012 at 03:02 AM
OB you sound like a totally self absorbed idiot. This was a natural disaster and we're all so sorry this is such an inconvenience for you... But there are many people like yourself who are in the same predicament. Are you even a full time resident with this being your primary residence? If not shut up and be thankful you have somewhere to go unlike myself... And I'm still not as bitter sounding as you!
Eric Birchler December 04, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Lavallette had a council meeting tonight. I could not make it but friend was at meeting which discussed the plan. No access to Lavallette Dec 11, 12 & 13 according to mayor No cars allows in whatever area they are pressurizing main. Lav on 11th, Ort Bch 12th & Pel Isl 13th I would leave your appointment as is and revisit the day before. Mentioned the dates could change if they run into problems. Toms River Site is confusing as it does state no access 8th to 18th Do they really need to shut down all of Toms River Beach Areas if they are working only in Normandy Beach? I would hope this will be further stipulated as the dates get closer.
shorefriend December 04, 2012 at 01:02 PM
David, I don't blame OB it is very frustrating to say the least he has a point Ortley has not been issued full access yet, to use the word self absorbed is being a little over critical don't claim you’re not bitter when you make a statement like that. We are all bitter and sad and frustrated, this is of a magnitude that is incomprehensible!! The fact of the matter is, like it or not, there is no choice, none of us including Lavallette, and all of the other surrounding towns on the island, are not going to be back until the basic infrastructure is repaired for the entire barrier island. You can think that your town is not as damaged or the governing bodies are more capable. But its one island all connected by 3 bridges all knee high in the same crap as everyone else! I hope that I am wrong but I would not be surprised if anyone was allowed to move back at the earliest Lavallette, maybe January. Mantoloking Normandy, Ocean Beach, and especially Ortley is not going to be until April or May and that’s if your house is even repairable.
David Daur December 04, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Shore friend, I can respect you standing up for OB but your comment parallels exactly what I said or more appropriately what I'm feeling... your comment was just more sugar coated or politically correct. I'm tired of people bitching about what they think they're entitled to... There's a reason why Ortley residents haven't been allowed back in yet. It all comes down to safety and as an adult if ou don't understand that, I just don't have any patience for that. I'm not happy that I can't get my contractors on the island next week but that's the way it is and once again, as an adult you have to accept that for safety reasons. Like Xman said, maybe it's time for OB to move if he doesn't like it.
shorefriend December 04, 2012 at 01:34 PM
David, Good Luck to you, I hope you can move back to your home soon. So many lives torn apart so much sadness and so much work to be done. Let cool heads prevail, but also let's keep the govt & town officials in check and make them work for us not against us!!
OBZ December 04, 2012 at 01:49 PM
TR website says no access Dec 8-18th, BUT the NJNG website says they are not commencing the re-pressurization of those areas until Monday Dec 10th. Why can't we go in on the 8th & 9th which are a Sat & Sun. Weekends are coveted days for access when people have jobs!!!
grace December 04, 2012 at 02:49 PM
its dangerous over there people why are you not understanding that? all you need is for one idiot to light a cigarette..then you really will have nothing to return to...let them do their job correctly ... believe me i feel so bad for all affected its a nightmare just hang in
SB Girl December 04, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Asked that question of Maria Maruca...she said they are using Sat/Sun to clear the debris that is in NJNG's way...
MGirl December 04, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Because the people of NJNG who are working so hard to get you back into your homes are and have been working EVERY weekend since the storm.
OBZ December 04, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Main gas lines run under 35. Both 35's are clear and open. This is directly cut & pasted from NJNG website: Re-pressurization of the subsequent sections will commence on December 10, which is the earliest date that the Toms River Township Police Department will be able to safely block pedestrian and vehicular traffic. We are still estimating that all sections of the Seaside peninsula will be re-pressurized and have meters rebuilt before December 31. Why does TR need to safely block pedestrian & vehicular traffic on the weekend when work isn't starting till Monday.
Michael Kinney December 04, 2012 at 10:03 PM
New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) will be re-pressurizing its gas mains in the Toms River portion of the Barrier Island December 10 through December 14. In this region, re-pressurization will commence one section at a time beginning in Normandy Beach and continue South to Seaside Park. On those days in which re-pressurization is taking place, only the designated area identified in NJNG daily updates, which are posted on www.njng.com, will be closed for safety purposes. Please check with your local officials to make sure there are no other restrictions in place that would preclude you from safely returning to your home or business. Once the re-pressurization is complete the designated area will be open and NJNG will send second team to begin meter rebuilds for the area. After a meter has been re-established, NJNG will place a tag on the customer gas valve just past the meter. At that time, the home’s natural gas service may be turned on by a qualified technician--but only after electricity has been restored, it is safe to return to the home, and the qualified technician has determined that the natural gas equipment is safe to operate. Barring unforeseen conditions that may delay our work, NJNG anticipate restoring natural gas service by the end of December to all of our customers on the Barrier Island whose homes have not sustained such major damage that we cannot safely restore their service.
Hurricane Sandy December 05, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Hey Dave, Sorry you lost everything. But you probably don't have any where to go because of your attitude. You sound real bitter to me and I'm sure quite a few others. Natural disaster or not, why call OB an idiot, whether full time or not. This is totally absurd to be denied access to our properties. And maybe if you didn't loose everything and your house was salvageable. You would want to get back in to work on it.
Hurricane Sandy December 05, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Sorry David, we do have to accept it because thats what is dictated to us. But just because some of us are adults we don't have roll over and agree with it, LIKE YOU. It's people who fight for what they believe is why things get done. While you sit back and say they told me I can't go because its not safe. That's why we might not get back in until spring.
David Daur December 05, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Hurricane Sandy, I accept it not only because I was told but because I have been to the island three times and have seen the devastation and destruction with my own eyes. Might I add, I've never seen anything like it. Maybe you haven't been exposed to the idiotic amount of comments that I'm tired of hearing by now. Please don't tell me you were one of the several hundreds who proposed storming the bridge past the National Guard? Whose brilliant idea was that, as if it would ever happen!
David Daur December 05, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Hurricane Sandy, if you went further with your education you might know the difference between "lose" and "loose" and the proper way to use these very different words. Also, being more educated, you might understand the bigger picture of why things are being done the way they are and the importance of having the island ready for Memorial Day and how the Jersey Shore contributes to the 30 billion dollar tourism industry in New Jersey! This issue and problem is much bigger than you and me.
Hurricane Sandy December 05, 2012 at 02:02 AM
David, I guess I have you beat in more ways than one. We have owned a home in Ortley for over 40 years. Both full time and part, at times. Full time at the time of the storm. And I too have been there, 5 times and have seen with MY OWN EYES. And I will agree that the devastation and destruction that I see is mind boggling and unrecognizable. But I might add, I've seen worst. I've seen Katrina, Hugo and a few other, with the Red Cross. In Ortley, though home were destroyed, gone and the remaining one are devastated, the streets are fine. YES, they are piled up with all of our homes first floor interiors. That is NO REASON to keep us out and from working on OUR HOMES. I have NO PROBLEM with being out a day or two while the gas company works. BUT NOT 10 DAYS. And I would be more than happy to gather with others for a protest/rally for the unjust going on. (and it wasn't storm the bridge, it was a rally from what I read) But you can sit back and wait. And if your tired of the idiotic comments from frustrated people whos rights are being walked all over, stop reading. Because you are far from perfect my friend!!!
David Daur December 05, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Hurricane Sandy... Yes, you have me beat in so many ways as if this was some type of competition. I was going to tell you how I hit 2 home runs in a single baseball game when I played in Little League, but I'm sure you hit 3 home runs in one game during that same year! Thank you for your last post, you've definitely shown your mentality level for all to read.


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