LAKE COMO, NJ — Traffic pattern and parking changes for the rest of the summer have begun to roll out on Lake Como’s east side.
On 18th Avenue, parking is now prohibited on the south side of the street from Main Street to New Bedford Road, beginning every Friday at 6 p.m. through Sunday until 6 p.m. Two-way traffic continues until B Street, where one-way eastbound traffic continues into Belmar to the beach. New Bedford remains westbound to 18th Avenue with parking on both sides.
Redmond Avenue is one-way eastbound for its entire length with parking on both sides.
NIneteenth Avenue is eastbound from Bradley Terrace to B Street, where opposing “Do Not Enter” signs at the border with Belmar have been posted, forcing traffic to turn right on B Street. Parking is permitted on both sides of 19th Avenue.
The only change that has not yet been made is on 17th Avenue, where traffic will be one-way westbound from B Street to Main Street with parking permitted on both sides of the street. Additionally, a stop sign will be placed at the intersection of 17th Avenue and White Street, making that a three-way stop to slow down traffic.
The Lake Como Borough Council on June 28 unanimously approved a revised traffic flow plan that is designed to reduce congestion and increase safety primarily in the area of 18th and 17th Avenues, which provide direct east-west access to Belmar’s beach. Each summer, these narrow two-way streets become packed with parked cars on both sides, causing gridlock and unsafe conditions when vehicles cannot pass easily in either direction.
While the new rules will take effect annually from May 15 to September 15, they will be implemented this summer as soon as they meet statutory requirements for publication or new signage is installed.
With the new traffic pattern and parking restrictions in place, the Belmar Police Department will closely monitor the roadways for vehicle speed and improved flow. After the end of the summer, the new regulations will be examined by borough officials and Belmar Police Chief Andrew Huisman to determine whether any revisions are needed for next year.
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