Friday, February 15, 2013
Completion of safety upgrades led to bridge opening ahead of schedule.
The bridge that connects Sea Bright and Rumson reopened to all vehicle traffic on Friday at 11 a.m., according to Monmouth County spokesperson Laura Kirkpatrick. Safety upgrades were completed ahead of schedule, Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone said in a statement on the county's Web site.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
The founder of Sea Bright Rising is among the top 100 most powerful people in NJ business, named by NJBIZ.com.
It all started with some food and a hunger to help. Now, Woody's Ocean Grille owner and Sea Bright Rising founder Chris Wood is known as one of the most powerful people in New Jersey business in Hurricane Sandy's wake, according to NJBIZ.com. After Sandy left Sea Bright apocalyptic, Wood instinctively fired up a grill and started cooking for hundreds of displaced residents and business owners. His business surviving Sandy less scathed, he felt it was the least he could do. Little did Wood know that his random act of kindness would snowball into a firestorm of good will that went from flinging burgers to setting up camp for a U.S. Army National Guard-manned tent city and forming a nationally-recognized Sandy charity — Sea Bright Rising. "…
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Can you guess which stories were the most popular of the month?
The chill that January brought with it was heightened by the sting of some harsh moments and buffered by the warmth of some heartfelt happenings in the Rumson-Fair Haven area. Remember the stories on the following issues? They're what people were talking about most: • People were very peeved in Rumson when rumor surfaced in the wake of Hurricane Sandy that there was looting. Rumson police investigated the matter and ended up arresting teens on the charges, but stemming from a singluar incident on Buena Vista Avenue only. Rumson Police Chief Scott Paterson wanted to clarify that the rumor of mass looting was unfounded. He gave the details of the arrest and talked to R-FH Patch about it. See what he had to say, who was charged and what those…
Thursday, January 24, 2013
The bridge replacement could be a decade away, county officials stress
It could be as far as a decade away, yet the prospect of replacing the ailing 62-year-old Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge has people poised for and bucking some of the changes it may bring. The future estimated $60 million bridge replacement has nothing whatsoever to do with the looming weekday closure of the bridge for safety upgrades on Jan. 28, which has many riled. Still, area residents on a cold winter's night Wednesday were out in force at the Rumson public forum at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School on the years-away project now in what's been deemed its conceptual development phase. A preferred plan out of roughly a dozen drafts has surfaced. It's a melding of what were deemed the top two proposals at a meeting of stakeholders in June…
The schedule has been revised to keep the bridge open on weekends.
The official word is out on the schedule of the pending Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge closure. After review of the potential ill effects of Hurricane Sandy-recovering Sea Bright and myriad public objections raised, Monmouth County officials have revised the closure schedule for the upgrade the safety systems on the bridge, closing it on weekdays starting Jan. 28, but reopening it to accommodate weekend traffic, a county release said. “At the request of local businesses and the governing body, the county will has modified the closure schedule,” said freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone, liaison to the county’s Department of Public Works and Engineering. “It is important that businesses that are open get the support that they need; however, it …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Word came to Woody's owner and Sea Bright Rising founder, Chris Wood, from Freeholder Director Thomas Arnone that the bridge will be open on weekends.
On the eve of his restaurant re-opening, faced with the oxymoronic joy of post-Hurricane Sandy progress and pain of a pending Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge closing, Woody's Ocean Grille's Chris Wood got some great news — he was told the compromise he'd rallied for in staggering the bridge's closing days was coming. And, as of Wednesday morning, when Wood said he got the confirmation call he had been waiting for from Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas Arnone, that compromise became a reality. That compromise, he said, looks like it's going to call for the bridge that funnels traffic in and out of Sea Bright to still close on weekdays starting "on or about Jan. 28," but to be open on weekends, or Friday nights through Sundays, and closed …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The forums to gauge public input on the years-from-now bridge replacement will be held in Sea Bright and Rumson.
Wednesday's public forums on the years-down-the-road replacement of the failing Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge have nothing to do with the looming weeks-long closure for some Sandy-wrought and security repairs. Nonetheless, judging from comments all over the Woody's Ocean Grille and Sea Bright Rising Facebook page, plenty of people plan on showing up at one or the other forum to vent concerns over the immediately pending closure's prospective ill effects on a struggling-to-survive, Hurricane Sandy-afflicted Sea Bright. Conducted open house-style, one forum will take place in the afternoon, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Sea Bright Municipal Building, 1167 Ocean Ave.; and the other session is slated for 6 to 8 p.m. in the media room at Rumson-Fair Haven…
Woody's Ocean Grille is fifth business to open in Sea Bright; Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge closure pending for five days after opening.
As Chris Wood hustles to lighten and liven up a Hurricane Sandy-dimmed downtown Sea Bright with the re-opening of his restaurant, Woody's Ocean Grille, on Wednesday, his spirits have been daunted by the prospect of the looming Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge closure. With Monmouth County officials estimating that the bridge will be closed off to traffic for a few weeks starting "on or about Jan. 28," right after now-closed Oceanic Bridge is re-opened, it's like telling Wood that the lifeblood of a major artery in and out of town, to and from his and the only four other open Sea Bright businesses, is clotted. "This is killing me. It's knocking me and the other Sea Bright business that just got back on their feet down after reviving ourselves from …
Friday, December 28, 2012
The estimated three-week closure will start Jan. 7.
Friday, December 28, 2012
Not to be confused with the Thursday emergency Oceanic Bridge shut-down, due to an embankment mudslide, long-planned safety upgrades to the bridge are coming soon, and so is another bridge closure. On Jan. 7, Monmouth County will begin its slated project to upgrade the safety systems on the bridge, which connects Rumson and Middletown. The work requires the closure of the bridge to vehicles and pedestrian traffic during the estimated three-week work period that is expected to conclude on Jan. 28. The bridge’s roadway will be closed so the contractor, IEW Construction Group, can replace safety gates and perform other upgrades and maintenance work. “This work is required because the existing equipment is outdated and replacement parts are …
Monday, August 20, 2012
Rumson and Fair Haven have passed resolutions asking for the removal of "no right on red" signage at the foot of the bridge. Will it happen?
Summer is almost over and one traffic relief request that was on Rumson and Fair Haven mayors’ wish lists for the season is not likely to be granted before its end. The two mayors, Rumson’s John Ekdahl and Fair Haven’s Ben Lucarelli really wanted to see the “no right on red” restrictions lifted from signs at traffic lights at either foot of the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge going into Sea Bright from Rumson and vice versa. "Aug. 15 was the date (by which we were supposed to hear) from the state Department of Transportation (DOT), which has passed without hearing any result, Ekdahl said. "We will try to wake somebody up there." Ekdahl's hope for more prompt was backed by Lucarelli. "We hope that the state acts promptly on the Rumson and Sea …