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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.
Debbie January 19, 2013 at 02:21 PM
This looks like everyone here lost sight of the real issue. Money or no money, big house or little house, Superstorm Sandy didn't choose, it affected everyone of us, so lets be more considerate with our neighbors. Don't we all love the beach, the sand , the Jersey Shore? Lets just get Mantoloking, Bay Head, Brick, Seaside, Ortley, and the rest of the stretch of beach and homes back to the way it was, if not better ! p.s. don't proof me because I really don't care much about the silly things. Smile and get back to what's important.
A Resident January 19, 2013 at 03:03 PM
Mantolokings "process" can all be pointed to one person....he was featured in the Ocean Start recently. Chris Nelson. Contact him, he is the decision maker for Mantoloking. Whatever he says, goes.
Debbie January 19, 2013 at 03:40 PM
James, you can check the web sight. I will let Emily and Tom know , we actually went town meting for Brick last week. This is all terrrible. I have been getting as much information as possible, if I can help just give me a call . Jimmie, Emily's brother
John Mack January 19, 2013 at 04:12 PM
I'd love to get my valuables out of my house but I can't since it's been destroyed. It is the reason Mantoloking can't open Rt 35. It's not that we're not working on it. Go on the Internet and you can see the devastation - 60% of the houses on Rt 35 are destroyed which is the highest of any town at the shore. And unlike Lavalette, Normandy Beach, and Brick, the houses in Mantoloking are all right on rt 35. If your house was destroyed and unsecured and you lived right on Rt 35 you would understand.
Scott Wright January 19, 2013 at 08:53 PM
Sorry for your lose John but I also live in Matoloking and what you are saying is not true. Every house on 35 has a can be entered Some of the beach front homes are tougher. Read the number of homes in Mantolokings own report Also 1/3 of town is south of bridge I guess they don't count.
marie January 19, 2013 at 09:21 PM
I too live in Mantoloking, and I am sorry for all the people on the barrier island who are suffering. However, everyone is trying to restore this island, and it is becoming a challenge with 35 closed off. This includes NJ natural gas, nj water, JCP&L who are sitting in 35 traffic because of Mantoloking. People from toms river, brick are all commuting an additional 45 minutes because your belongings need to be protected. I understand your hardship we are going through it on our community, but the town has to resolve it for the homeowners and not use a state highway as there personal property.
LJ74 January 20, 2013 at 07:16 AM
@AP- your there 'Town'... Well... Is ummm 'Boring'! If living in a big house on a tiny beach with nothing else makes you superior, you must live the atypical boring life! You see... We just need 'OUR' highway to PASS your town to reach something more exciting! ...
Scott Wright January 20, 2013 at 01:01 PM
Here is the easement answer for Mantoloking The beach front owners property ends at the difference between the winter high tide and summer high tide This year that will be very close to the regular dune Build sea wall on the Public portion of the land Problem solved
D January 20, 2013 at 01:57 PM
Who cares where people are originally from or what town? it does not define anyone. All it is, leaving comments on an article. No one is writing an essay. Who cares who went to school or how many degrees anyone has. All of you need to grown up.
D January 20, 2013 at 02:00 PM
Typo....Grow up...see how easy it is to make a mistake. A typo! Everyone has them just like they have to go to the bathroom everyday.
D January 20, 2013 at 02:14 PM
You never going to change people or ignorance. Some people just think they are better than everyone else that does not live within their zip code. Its ridiculous...Some people from Manasquan thinks they are better than Point Beach. Some people from Point Beach thinks they are better from people in Pt. pleasant and Brick. Bay Head thinks they are better than Point Beach. Mantaloking thinks they are better than all of the above. Is it true...NO...I know some rich people who are snubs, who think they are better and I know some rich people who are down to earth and nice. I know poor people are snubs that don't have a thing, but thinks they do and other poor people who are nice, humble and just happy. Ignorance is bliss...something you are not going to change.
D January 20, 2013 at 02:52 PM
Like someone said...Mother nature does not pick and choose who will actually get hit by a storm. A storm is bound to happen again. People need to think twice in throwing good money to a bad situation. I know at one time Mantoloking houses demanded high prices for their homes. People need to comprehend the night "Sandy" hit, it changed everything and their once high price fetched homes is no longer.
craig January 20, 2013 at 03:29 PM
Based on some of the above comments, I can fully understsnd the lack of sympathy most people have for Mantoloking. Sandy gave new meaning to the "Karma".With that said I hope ALL the communities on the barrier island a speedy recovery.
1stcav January 20, 2013 at 04:14 PM
Boy , I can see this IS going to be a great summer between the " Have " & "Havenotts" Higher taxes for all, higher Ins. for all, but don't you Lil' people dare come on MY beach, even though their's no longer a house and thanks for chipping in you Lil' people to get those dune's for US....Rt 35 IS our road & we"ll let YOU know when you can use it once again, sorry about that, but WE have the say as were the "Haves "..OH yeah Bennies go home, unless WE need you..will call..Bye for now ! Mrs Silverspoon....
G Forbes January 20, 2013 at 09:05 PM
I rent a house each summer in Manto and grew up in Brick. (And live in Colorado). It saddens me to hear this bickering. Let's all try to remember that we live or travel back summers to be at our own paradise by a beach. It is a wonderful area and all the towns have good JERSEY people living in them. Let's all try to show compassion to one another. I know easy for me not dealing w this awful situation on a daily basis. My 80 year old mom's home in Brick on bay was flooded and we are renovating and she lived w me for 8 weeks so I appreciate struggle. The Manto folks are reeling since they lost most of their community in one day. That's hard to take for any town and theirs has incredible history and they are very tight knit, in a good way. That said Rte 35 is a state highway and it is crucial for a healthy restoration of business and commerce on barrier island and all the connecting shore towns. One solution is Manto owners install security chain link fences around houses needing protection. I did this for a major renovation in similar neighborhood in Denver and never had any looter issue. Second, install more police patrols 24 hours. However, most criminals are lazy and not going to risk their lives for some flooded electronic equip. (They really don't want your silver, or artwork assuming its not flooded away.). Then reopen 35 north w permits for first month. At some point by not opening state highway Manto adm are at risk of lawsuit by surrounding towns.
jack cee January 20, 2013 at 10:10 PM
rt 35 north of the bridge is still closed.The patented answer from the state gestapo is that most houses are still exposed...3 months later .....what a load of BS.
Localmom January 21, 2013 at 02:03 AM
It's time for Mantoloking to do the right thing... open rt 35. The road is safe because they let Lavallette kids who attend Point Pleasant Beach High School travel to and from school on that small, closed road every morning and every afternoon. It's unfair that so many people are wasting time and gas because the road remains closed. Do the right thing Mantoloking open the road!
marie January 21, 2013 at 03:00 AM
Local mom I wish they would do that for us. I am in Mantoloking (brick twp) and they won't let us through, we asked they said no. We just moved back to our house, and returned to school. Totally unaware that 35 is restricted only to Mantoloking residents, so we were late after being away from school for 2 months. Sad reality is they don't care about anyone else on this island. If we all work together we will get through this!
lisa January 21, 2013 at 11:40 AM
I don't know why they just can't keep the curfew in effect and instead of having the 27 troopers parked at both sides of the closed area, just let them patrol and keep the side streets closed....It is time to try and get some normalcy back and that includes the use of Route 35. Oh and the comments here, i guess some people have too much time on their hands and try to turn everything into the Jerry Springer show. For those who comment on others grammar and intelligence, my guess is you are probably trying to make up for your own lacks in life..
jack cee January 22, 2013 at 12:43 PM
Open rt 35 north of the bridge!!!!How come its still closed?
Thor Odinsen January 22, 2013 at 02:31 PM
It is high time that the State steps in and uses Eminent domain to place a sea wall along the Jersey Shore. It is high time that all the towns get together and place a class action lawsuit against the Private beach associations to get there heads out of the sand and build Rock walls like the one the Bay Head Beach association did 25 years ago! Some Mantoloking beach owners are still acting like little lords and do not care about the house behind them nor the towns they reside in. Enough already !
Thor Odinsen January 22, 2013 at 02:33 PM
yes I know ...their heads
Brick Surfer January 22, 2013 at 02:37 PM
Hard structures are NOT the answer. That water still has to go somewhere. North and south! Retreating from the beach is the BEST way to go. These type of events will continue to happen. Or the citizens that don't live on the beach and pay taxes can continue to foot the bill for the chosen few!!
A Resident January 22, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Uh, ya, cuz there is no destruction in Bay Head. Sea walls only work well when there is plenty of beach to go along with them. When you only have 1 or the other...you will lose.
cee January 23, 2013 at 01:34 AM
road opening next week.
Scott Wright January 23, 2013 at 01:41 AM
Brick surfer sad sad sad
Linda Lil February 09, 2013 at 09:53 PM
is the Mantoloking Bridge open? If so is it that you can make a right, not a left, when driving over it going to the east? Meaning that N. 35 is closed after going over the bridge. South 35 is open going over the bridge?
Linda Lil February 09, 2013 at 09:56 PM
traffic on 70 in the morning driving to work has been horrible and has caused me difficulty getting to work as well as coming home from work. I dread the thought of summer tourist traffic added to that commute. I hope they open route 35 N.soon.
A Resident February 09, 2013 at 11:15 PM
It opened a few days ago....I believe Feb 1.
Linda Lil February 09, 2013 at 11:46 PM
thanks... I haven't made the attempt to go there. so sad \ We can not drive north as I understand through the above posts. Do you have any info on this?

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