BELMAR — All Belmar streets east of Main Street, from 13th Avenue south, would remain one-way, year-round under an ordinance being considered by the borough council. The streets involved have been converted to one-way traffic during the summer months, reverting to two-way traffic for the balance of the year.
The ordinance was introduced at Tuesday night’s borough council meeting and will be on the agenda for a public hearing at its Oct. 17 meeting.
Citing guidance from the New Jersey Department ofTransportation [NJDOT], Police Chief Andrew Huisman told council members that the roadways from 13th Avenue south are too narrow, violating the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices [MUTCD] standards.
“Either we make it one- way year-round or eliminate parking on 16th Avenue on one side,” Chief Huisman said.
The Monmouth County Division of Transportation [DOT] is separately requiring that 16th Avenue stay one- way east-bound year-round, as it a county road. It is a two-way street that becomes a one-way street during the summer and reverts back to a two-way street after the busy season, said Mayor Matthew Doherty. This change is mandated by the county and has prompted Belmar to consider making the same change on other streets in the borough.
“It’s a legal issue,” said Chief Huisman. “The travel lanes have to be at a minimum of 11-feet wide. To be quite frank, the roadways are too narrow for two-way traffic.”
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