OCEANPORT:The following is an advisory from the Oceanport Police Department:
On Sunday, Aug. 2, Monmouth Park will be hosting the 2015 Haskell Invitational Horse Race. The Haskell is the largest-attended race of the year at Monmouth Park, and with the running of the Triple Crown winner, American Pharaoh, many thousands more will attend the Track.
Motorists are advised that Oceanport Avenue between Port Au Peck Avenue and the Main Gate of Monmouth Park will be closed to all vehicle traffic from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Detours will be in place, but it is advised to plan alternate routes to avoid the large pedestrian flow, and additional vehicle traffic in and out of Monmouth Park.
Motorists will also encounter delays on Port Au Peck Avenue near the New Jersey Transit Railway line and the Picnic Area entrance to Monmouth Park. This area of Port Au Peck Avenue is subject to closure anytime between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Heavy traffic congestion will occur on surrounding roadways from 8 a.m., due to the inbound flow of traffic into the Track. This heavy inbound flow should last most of the day into mid afternoon.
At 4 p.m. Port Au Peck Avenue will be closed to all traffic from Myrtle Avenue to Oceanport Avenue. Detours will be in place to direct motorists to utilize Asbury Avenue and Bridgewaters Drive for cross‐town travel. The posted speed limit on Asbury and Bridgewaters Drive is 25 mph and it will be strictly enforced.
Parking vehicles on roadways near Monmouth Park will be prohibited. "No Parking" signs will be posted on those roadways around Monmouth Park. Vehicles parked illegally will be ticketed and towed.
Following the running of the Haskell Race at 5:50 p.m., a heavy outbound flow of pedestrian and vehicle traffic will enter surrounding roadways causing heavy traffic buildups in the area. During this outbound flow the following roadways will be closed:
‐Oceanport Avenue between the Main Gate of Monmouth Park and Port Au Peck Avenue
‐Oceanport Avenue northbound from the West Long Branch border to the Main Gate of Monmouth Park.
‐Port Au Peck Avenue between Oceanport Avenue and Myrtle Avenue (near the New Jersey Transit Rail line.)
‐Port Au Peck Avenue eastbound from Oceanport Avenue to East Main Street
‐Eatontown Boulevard southbound between Wolf Hill Avenue/Port Au Peck Avenue and Crescent Place.
‐Main Street between Oceanport Avenue and Wolf Hill Avenue. (Residents will be allowed to enter Main Street to travel to their residence).
‐East Main Street southbound from Lake Drive to Port Au Peck Avenue.
The Eatontown Police Department will also be manually controlling all traffic lights along Route 36 for the inbound and outbound traffic. Because of the unprecedented size of the expected crowd, police will also do a one-time closing of several "cut-through" streets along Wyckoff Road including Meadowbrook Avenue and Pine Street.
Oceanport roadways that will experience heavy traffic flow will be Port Au Peck Avenue from Myrtle Avenue to Eatontown Boulevard (County Rt 537), Eatontown Boulevard from State Highway 36 to Wyckoff Road/Broad Street in Eatontown, Main Street, Monmouth Road (State Hwy 71), and Oceanport Avenue near the Racetrack, and Oceanport Avenue from Port Au Peck Avenue to the Little Silver border.
Drivers travelling on State Hwy 36 will experience heavy traffic flow from Monmouth Park westbound to the Garden State Parkway.
Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes and plan for extra time when traveling in the area.