Mantoloking: Route 35 to Remain Closed North of Bridge
Houses still exposed north of the bridge
Route 35 north of Herbert Street – known as Mantoloking Road on the Brick side of the Mantoloking Bridge – remains closed in Mantoloking Borough, officials said.
Drivers proceeding north on Route 35 from points south may not continue unless they have a Mantoloking borough pass, said Mantoloking Police Lt. John D. Barcus. The roadway is also closed in the southbound direction at Mathis Place in Bay Head to Herbert Street.
Even if drivers are residents of a neighboring town, they are not allowed to traverse Route 35 in that area without a Mantoloking pass.
There has been no determination made as to when the highway may reopen north of the bridge.
At a Jan. 7 borough council meeting, Mayor George Nebel said many houses were still exposed and unprotected north of the bridge thanks to Superstorm Sandy, and certain parts of the town still had no utilities, including electricity.
The roadway had also sufferred some damage.
There were also restrictions for those who possess Mantoloking borough passes.
"Just because you have a pass to enter the Borough of Mantoloking, does not mean that you can use it to take your family sight seeing, or traverse the town for a shorter trip," said Barcus, in an e-mail. "Any person caught doing this will have their passes taken away."
Current rules for Mantoloking access include:
- No parking on any street.
- All civilians and civilian contractors in Mantoloking must Have a pass (No Exceptions).
- Civilians and civilian contractor hours of operation are from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Herbert St. / Mantoloking Road & RT 35 South of Herbert St. / Mantoloking Road is open to the public 24 hours a day) If you are in this section of Route 35 and you stop or turn off, all rules apply.
- No Sight Seeing, All civilians and civilian contractors MUST stay on their property.
- Beach is closed to all persons.
- All persons in Mantoloking must have an official purpose (ie. have a pass to work on their property, or working on the infrastructure.)
- All persons and vehicles are subject to random security checks to ensure compliance of the rules and to prevent looting.