On Again, Off Again: Lights Blinking in Surf City

Sep 15, 2017
Photo by: Ryan Morrill

There’s nothing, not even the last days of summer spent on a tranquil beach and unblemished by traffic snares, that quietly tells the story of offseason living 6 miles at sea like blinking traffic lights. Every year, locals and offseason visitors wait for the moment when the lights go from fully functioning to blinking. This year it’s come a month earlier than normal – at least on the north end of the Island.

Traffic signals are blinking in Surf City, Harvey Cedars and Barnegat Light. Lights remain fully functioning in Ship Bottom, Long Beach Township and Beach Haven.

Surf City Mayor Francis Hodgson announced at this month’s borough council meeting the town had petitioned the Ocean County Engineer’s Office to turn the lights on Long Beach Boulevard and Central Avenue, both county roads, to blinking after receiving feedback from motorists who were stopped at lights with no one else on the road. Today marks the first day the lights are blinking.

“Traffic signals on Long Beach Boulevard, and Central Avenue have been changed to flash today,” Surf City police announced via Nixle advisory message using both text and email. “Use extra caution when approaching these intersections.”

Additionally, police want to remind all motorists that the posted speed limits are still in effect.

Earlier this month, Harvey Cedars announced it had requested the county to turn the six traffic lights in the borough to blinking. Barnegat Light has historically had blinking lights after Labor Day due to less traffic. —G.G.S.



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