Ocean Beach is located on the Barnegat Peninsula along the Jersey Shore,
separating the Barnegat Bay from the Atlantic Ocean.
The bay at Ocean Beach Unit 1 is a beautiful place
to watch some of the best sunsets on the east coast.
DECEMBER 14, 2014
TO ALL RESIDENTS OF OB1,
THERE IS A HOT LINE TO CALL TO LET YOUR FEELINGS KNOWN CONCERNING HAVING CONSTRUCTION ALONG ROUTE 35
DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS.
LET THEM KNOW THAT YOU ARE UNHAPPY IF THIS GOING TO OCCUR.
I DID. YOU SHOULD
Please be advised that the full reconstruction of Route 35 northbound from Trenton Avenue to Ortley Avenue in Lavallette will begin next week.
On Monday, December 15 and Tuesday, December 16, the contractor will begin preparing this stretch of roadway for construction. On Monday/Tuesday the traffic stripes on the
right (east) side of the road will be removed followed by the restriping of the northbound lane and shoulder.
Traffic will be shifted to the new right (east) side of the roadway. There will be one 11-foot travel lane and a 5-foot shoulder with no parking in effect on the right (east)
side of the highway.
Parking will remain available on the left (west) side of the highway in areas where construction is not active, and on all side streets.
Reconstruction will proceed in three block sections beginning on the left (west) side of the roadway. Initially only one section, beginning at Trenton Avenue will be under
construction. At no time will adjacent sections be permitted to be under construction. All parking areas on the left (west) side of the highway in the non-construction sections will be easily accessible throughout the corridor.
All of the above work is weather dependent.
Thank you for your patience during this critical infrastructure project.
On December 12, the Mayor convinced the DOT representative to halt construction within the B-2 business zone until after the Christmas holidays. That's basically Brown to Bond Avenue. Thank you Wally!
Work will continue thru other areas of Rt. 35N, with the agreed work zones increased to 6 blocks vs the previous 3 block spans. Parking may be limited in the specific work zones only. This is in an effort to hasten the road construction schedule and avert summer work.
We realize this is not a perfect scenario, it effects some of you more directly, but it is the best that can be currently accomplished. If you have a special need, please let me know, I will see that it is forwarded to all parties for review.
Understand, after the holidays, it will get pretty ugly around here, some days even impossible. Know that we are here to address your concerns, as best possible. And sometimes, there simply may be no viable recourse. The work needs to be done.
The Mayor will be meeting with the DOT Commissioner on Tuesday, the 16th. He will voice a strong emphasis on the need to stop all highway work for the Summer of 2015. I will update you on his progress as we move forward. Thank you for your patience.
Unfortunately, I have some disturbing news to announce. The new DOT
Commissioner, Jamie Fox, appears poised to allow the Rt. 35 road
construction to continued, unfettered, for the Summer 2015 season.
I had several meetings and conversations yesterday which brought the
following topics to light..
The water main(s) installation on the left or west shoulder of 35
northbound will take approximately 3-4 months. During this time, the
exposed and raw construction area will exist with temporary paving at
intersections, and temporary structural road fill at driveway openings.
At best, given the weather gods, the water main(s) installation,
charging, testing, and water service changeovers, to every street and
building on Route 35 North, will be completed end of March 2015.
Upon the total completion of the water mains and services, the removal
and rebuilding of the road bed will then commence. This will include
removing the concrete travel lanes, installation of storm drainage pipes
and catch basins, curb-sidewalk removal and reconstruction, "boxing" or
sub-grading of the existing road fill material, installation of the
structural road fill (DGA) material, rough and fine grading of the
structural fill (DGA), asphalt paving of the 3-4 sub-courses layers, and
final finish paving.
I detailed the above so you would have an understanding of the work and
time involved. Note that there was no mention of weather, unresolved
design issues, delays or unexpected situations. How long due you think
the above will take? Not only that, how will our summer guests,
residents, and businesses function day to day, with all of this going
on? And lastly...much of the Route 35 parking thru town will be removed
The above is what we know, my question to you is..."How do we accomplish
this work?" The DOT contract restricts construction thru the business
district, basically Brown to Bond Avenue, at one block per staging, not
including traffic control, tapers, etc. Given the work described above,
what is your opinion on how to proceed?
Do we allow the DOT to dictate our Summer 2015 season with no regard for
our town health and business well being? Or, do we tell DOT to shut down
construction for the summer and resume after Labor Day? I don't have the
answer nor would I assume yours. What do we tell our Mayor and elected
officials who need just as much guidance here as we do. Granted, they
may not have to be placing orders for hundreds of thousands of dollars
of inventory in preparation for the 2015 season, but they need to
maintain the town as a viable, healthy, resort destination.
We need your help, we need your support...more than ever before.