Toms River's barrier islands will be closed to traffic from this Saturday, December 8 until Tuesday, December 18 as New Jersey Natural Gas crews will be making critical repairs to their systems. 

Boardwalk in Seaside Park (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)

This is an important step in service restoration as NJNJ charges the gas lines wit low pressure to check for leaks according to the Township website. Pressure will then be raised slowly as crews check for leaks again.

In order for service to be restored safely, there cannot be any source of ignition in the area such as a car.

According to a statement from NJNG, “As soon as an area has been successfully re-pressurized, a second team will begin meter rebuilds for that area. Once a meter has been re-established and you see a tag on the customer gas valve just past your meter, your home’s natural gas service may be turned on by your qualified technician--but only after electricity has been restored, and your qualified technician has determined that your natural gas equipment is safe to operate.

Some who have been without service since the storm hit may see restoration by the end of the month.

Beach Closure Schedule

Saturday, December 8th

  • North Beaches (TR) Closed (Debris Removal)
  • Lavallette Open
  • Ortley Open

Sunday, December 9th

  • North Beaches (TR) Closed Debris Removal
  • Lavallette Open
  • Ortley Open

Monday, December 10th

  • North Beaches (TR) Closed (NJNG Work)
  • Lavallette Open
  • Ortley Closed (Debris Removal)

Tuesday, December 11th

  • North Beaches (TR) Closed (no access from south)
  • Lavallette Closed (NJNG Work)
  • Ortley Closed (Debris Removal)

Wednesday, December 12th

  • North Beaches (TR) closed (no access from south)
  • Lavallette Closed (no access from south)
  • Ortley Closed (NJNG Work)
  • No Sand Ortley

Thursday, December 13th

  • Pelican Island and Seaside Heights (NJNG Work)
  • No Island Access
  • No Sand Ortley

Friday, December 14th

  • North Beaches (TR) Open
  • Lavallette Open
  • Ortley Open
  • Seaside Heights Open
  • Seaside Park Closed (NJNG Work)
  • South Seaside Park Closed (NJNG Work)

Saturday, December 15th

  • Barrier Island opens to residents 8:00AM-4:00PM
  • North Beaches (TR) closed - December 8-14 (7 days)
  • Lavallette closed - December 11-13 (3 days)
  • Ortley closed - December 10-13 (4 days)

Full information can be found on the township website.