Ortley Beach reopens portions of Ocean Avenue closed since Sandy

Ortley Beach has officially reopened roadways near the beach that have been closed since Superstorm Sandy. (4/25/14)

ORTLEY BEACH - Ortley Beach has officially reopened roadways near the beach that have been closed since Superstorm Sandy.

The Toms River Police Department removed the last barricades along Ocean Avenue along the Ortley Beach boardwalk Friday.

The road had to be rebuilt and resurfaced after the storm, and orange barricades blocked access to the dead end.

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Toms River Mayor Tom Kelaher says this is a step toward getting ready for summer. "It certainly means we are back in business. That is for sure," he says. "Our full beach is going to be open. A full complement of lifeguards are gonna be on duty. There should be plenty of parking."

The mayor said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will replace the dunes along the beach this fall.

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