Wednesday, March 13, 2013
With the anticipated reopening of Seven Bridges Road next month, should Little Silver hang on to those temporary lights?
They've become a part of the landscape for some. For others, they are a nuisance to contend with a few times a day. They are the temporary traffic lights that were installed along Branch Avenue in Little Silver last summer to accommodate the influx of traffic caused by the closing of a portion of Seven Bridges Road for construction. According to Little Silver Mayor Robert C. Neff, Jr., the county project, which repaired a bridge over Little Silver Creek, is scheduled to end next month. But will the lights be leaving town along with the cranes and detour signs? "We'll definitely have that discussion," said Neff. He added that while the county had indicated that "lights should have been installed along Branch 20 years ago," they will support…
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
With almost 50 kids younger than 13 living on the street, a group of concerned Little Silver parents are worried about extra cars zipping down their road looking to avoid the new traffic lights.
Probably within the last decade, Silverton Avenue has morphed into a haven for young families whose children play along the small front yards that line the increasingly busy side street. An informal census counts about 47 kids younger than 13 living on the street that stretches between Branch and Prospect avenues. But since temporary traffic lights were installed last month along Branch, residents on the street have become concerned by all the vehicles cutting down Silverton to avoid sitting in backed up traffic. "This was a problem five years ago, and it's even worse now," says mom Lisa Walsh, who has spent the last five years working to get stop signs installed along Silverton Avenue at Cross Street to create a four-way-stop intersection…
Friday, June 29, 2012
They haven't even been on for a week yet, but the two new traffic lights on Branch Avenue are the topic of a lot of conversations around town.
In the five days that the lights on Branch Avenue have been switched on in Little Silver, Patch has heard mixed reviews from friends and readers about whether or not the signals have improved the flow of traffic through town. While the temporary lights make turning left onto Branch from Rumson and White significantly safer, turning left off of Branch onto those roadways can cause multi-car back ups waiting for a break in oncoming traffic. We heard from one pal that she had to sit through four red lights waiting to turn onto Branch off of White. The county has said that it would monitor the impact of the traffic lights on the area and consider mondifications where necessary. What is your experience? What changes, if any, would you suggest? …
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
The county has released a detour map for the project that is expected to last through January 2013.
The county announced Tuesday that the long-anticipated project to replace an aging bridge along Seven Bridges Road in Little Silver will begin July 9. The work, which is expected to wrap up in January 2013, will require a detour for all motor vehicles traveling the stretch of roadway between Rumson Road and Little Silver Point Road. The county advised that motorists should use the signed detours and expect travel delays throughout the project. Specifically, northbound traffic on Seven Bridges Road will detour west on Silverside Avenue to Branch Avenue and then travel north on Branch Avenue to Rumson Road. Conversely, southbound traffic should follow Rumson Road west to Branch Avenue and then travel south to Silverside Avenue. A map of the …
Monday, June 25, 2012
The temporary lights went from flashing to fully operational Monday morning.
My teenage daughter and I drove to pick up her friend in Shrewsbury on Monday, a little before noon, and as we easily made our left turn onto Branch Avenue off of Rumson Road, she commented, "Wow, that's the quickest we've ever been through there." We made it through the usually precarious intersection with ease with an assist from the temporary traffic light that was switched on earlier in the morning. The light at White Road and Branch in Little Silver was also fully operational on Monday. Who knows what traffic will look like during busier times of day, as cars tend to pile up along Rumson and White roads waiting to turn onto Branch, and even along Branch Avenue itself. When a portion of Seven Bridges Road shuts down beginning next week…
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
The temporary lights at Branch Avenue and White Road will be put into full service next Monday.
After a flurry of activity along Branch Avenue this week, the two temporary traffic lights that have been installed will begin blinking on Wednesday, according to police. Little Silver Police Chief Daniel Shaffery said that the lights, which are part of a county-run project, are scheduled to begin blinking June 20. The traffic lights, at the Branch Avenue and White Road/Winfield Drive intersections, will be put into full service on Monday, June 25, according to Shaffery. The county is installing the temporary lights in an attempt to ease congestion on the roadways when a portion of Seven Bridges Road is closed for bridge repair following the July 4 holiday.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Detour will begin at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday
- POLICE & FIRE
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
A message from the Little Silver Police Department: The Monmouth County Highway Departmen will be milling and paving Winfield Drive at the intersection of Branch Avenue on Thursday, June 14. Northbound traffic (towards Red Bank) will be detoured from Branch Avenue onto Markham Place to North Lovett Aveue to Rumson Road. The northbound lane will be closed on Branch Avenue between Markham Place and Rumson Road starting at 8:45 a.m. until noon. After noon, flagmen will alternate traffic in both directions in the area of Winfield Drive until the paving is completed. The paving is necessary for the installation of the crosswalk at that intersection. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Monday, June 11, 2012
Weather permitting, the two lights should be fully functional by next week.
Workers began installing the two temporary traffic signals along Branch Avenue that Little Silver Police anticipate should begin blinking by Friday. By Monday evening, two lights hung over the intersection of Branch and White Road and Winfield Drive. But installing the lights at the Rumson Road intersection proved more difficult during the day time, according to a letter from the borough's police chief read at Monday night's council meeting. Work will resume at 4 a.m. Tuesday to install the light poles and start wiring the traffic signals to begin the initial blinking process on Friday. Barring any major weather delays, Chief Dan Shaffery said he hoped to have the lights working by the end of next week. The lights are being installed to …
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
They're temporary right now, but would you like to see them remain after the work on Seven Bridges Road has been completed?
As any of us who have had to make a left hand turn onto Branch Avenue off White Road or Rumson Road at certain times of day knows, it often feels as if you are taking your life into your hands as you pull into the intersection. So while the recent news that the long-awaited temporary traffic lights for those two intersections will be up and running by mid-June -- to accommodate the pending construction on Seven Bridges Road -- may come as good news for some, other Little Silver residents are concerned more traffic will be created. Borough officials assured residents at the May 7 council meeting that there have been no discussions about keeping the traffic signals once the the work is completed. But Capt. Gary LaBruno, the borough's traffic…