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Bike Lane, Angled Parking Coming To Sea Bright

SEA BRIGHT: The borough will soon have a bike lane and back-in, angled parking as the council has passed a resolution approving the New Jersey Department of Transportation's (NJDOT) new striping plan for Route 36/Ocean Avenue.

The Sea Bright Council, by a 4-1 vote, approved a resolution support the implementation of the NJDOT's Route 36 traffic signing and striping concept plans at its Feb. 17 meeting. Only Councilman William Keeler, who said he still had questions about the plan, voted against its approval.

The plan includes a bike lane on the northbound and southbound sides of Route 36 as well as back-in angled parking, also known as head-out angled parking, in the downtown area.

The NJDOT's plans were presented to the borough council in January and after a meeting with the downtown business community, the majority of the council agreed that the plan should be implemented.

A council has requested a modification be made to the plan that would increase the number of on-street parking spaces proposed by striping the full block of Route 36 between Peninsula Avenue and River Street, including the curb cuts that are not currently being used nor are likely to be used in the future, according to the resolution.

Several downtown businesses expressed that they were concerned abut a loss of parking spaces as a result of the restriping plan, so Sea Bright Recovery Manager Steve Nelson found a way to replace the spaces that would have been eliminated.

The resolution states that the head-out angled parking will be located on the southbound part of Route 36 beginning at a point 395 feet south of the southerly curb line of Rumson Road and extending to the northerly curb line of Beach Street. There will be a 2-hour time parking time limit in these spaces between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday-Saturday, including holidays, from May 1-Oct. 1 of each year.

The bike lane will be located on both sides of Route 36 between the borough's border with Monmouth Beach and the Highlands bridge. The bike lanes will be 4-feet wide on the north side of the borough, where the road is narrower, and 5 feet everywhere else.

The striping plan will not have a cost for the borough and should begin sometime after a New Jersey American Water water main replacement project is complete in late March.

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