Sandy-Closed Road to Reopen, Police Ready to Write Tickets

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    The only north-south road that connects several New Jersey barrier island communities is set to open Friday, more than three months after Hurricane Sandy swept through and closed it down. Brian Thompson has the story.

    The only north-south road that connects several New Jersey barrier island communities is set to open Friday, more than three months after Hurricane Sandy swept through and closed it down.

    Its closure has meant many detour headaches for many motorists.

    "It took a long time to clear debris from the highway," Mantoloking Mayor George Nebel said.

    In hard-hit Mantoloking, there is still no sewer service yet, while water, gas and electricity are spotty, according to the mayor.

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    And police are ready to write parking tickets once the busy Route 35 opens, connecting Toms River, Brick, Lavallette and Seaside Heights with Bay Head, Pt. Pleasant Beach and points north.

    "We're not playing around," Lt. John Barcus told NBC New York.

    Barcus said anyone who stops to sightsee will be ticketed, likely costing them a $100 ticket. 

    Leave your car, and you might be arrested for trespassing, he said, unless you have a borough pass as a resident or workman or are there on official business.  

       

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