County working to reopen Vince’s Bridge in Toms River
OCEAN COUNTY Road and Engineering Department crews are working to reopen bridges, culverts and roads throughout the county damaged by Hurricane Irene. “We anticipate that many of the roads and bridges affected by rising waters could be opened by this weekend,” said Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari.
Today, Ocean County reopened Thompson’s Bridge Road in Jackson Township along with Bowman Road in Jackson Township to Don Connor Boulevard. Bayview Avenue in Berkeley Township also has reopened along with Kent and Brook roads in Lakewood. “In some instances we are waiting for storm waters to recede,” said Freeholder James F. Lacey, who serves as liaison to the Ocean County Road Department. “However in other cases we need to check the integrity of the roadway or span to determine what repairs will be needed.”
Portions of Route 571 in Toms River, Manchester and Jackson townships were heavily damaged by floodwaters. However, county crews are working towards reopening the roadway by the weekend.
Floodwaters were so high it got around the wing walls of several bridges along Route 571 and washed out the area under the bridge approaches. Route 571 near the North Branch of the Toms River at the border of Toms River and Manchester, remains closed, along with the area west of Whitesville Road. Other sections of Route 571 are closed in Jackson Township near the Rova Farms Bridge and again further north at the Francis Mills Bridge.
The following Ocean County bridges remain closed: Cook’s Bridge at Cooks Bridge Road, Jackson Township; Butterfly Bridge at Butterfly Road, Jackson Township; Coventry Road Bridge, Jackson Township; New Francis Mills Bridge, Route 571, Jackson Township; Rova Farms Bridge, Route 571, Jackson Township; Brindletown Road Bridge, New Egypt/Plumsted Township; Vince’s Bridge, Oak Ridge Parkway, Toms River Township and Whitesville Road Bridge, Route 571, Toms River Township.
Culverts currently closed are: Larsen Road Culvert, Jackson Township; Hulse’s Road Culvert, Farmingdale Road, Jackson Township; Ice Factory Culvert, Ice Factory Road, New Egypt/Plumsted Township; Cranberry Canners Road Culvert New Egypt/Plumsted.
Bayview Avenue, Seaside Park, remained close today.
Ocean County Freeholder John P. Kelly, Director of Law and Public Safety, urged caution and patience while getting around some areas of Ocean County. “These roads have been closed to keep our motorists safe, until repairs can be made,” Kelly said. “Motorists and visitors should follow the prescribed detours. We are working expeditiously to complete repairs and return these roads to service.”