MANTOLOKING–With the opening of Route 35 in Mantoloking today, it marks the first time since Hurricane Sandy struck the Jersey Shore that non-residents can travel unobstructed on Route 35 from Point Pleasant to Island Beach.
Police however warn drivers that they will be watching you. “For those traveling through Mantoloking via Route 35, please be advised that there will be a heavy police presence throughout the Borough,” the Mantoloking Office of Emergency Management said on Thursday. ”If you stop on the shoulder or impede the flow of traffic in any way, you will be ticketed. If you leave the roadway and go onto private property, you will be ticketed and/or arrested for trespassing.”
At the last Mantoloking council meeting, the council agreed to open the road to through traffic today. ”We have developed a plan with the local police and the State police that will provide security and safety to our residents and those passing through the Borough,” OEM said.
The town requests that people do not come this weekend unless it’s necessary, “Unless you need to be in town for the next two-three days, it makes sense to stay away as we are anticipating quite a bit of traffic tomorrow and over the weekend.”
Although Route 35 is open, our side streets will be closed to the general public. Access points to the side streets for Mantoloking residents and contractors are as follows:
For residents, there will be limited access points between side streets and the highway. You can check the Mantoloking OEM facebook page for details.