Seaside Heights hopes to avoid Route 35 traffic backups for St. Patrick's Day Parade

Organizers of Saturday's St. Patrick's Day Parade in Ocean County are hoping that huge crowds don't create a traffic nightmare. (3/7/14)

SEASIDE HEIGHTS - Organizers of Saturday's St. Patrick's Day Parade in Ocean County are hoping that huge crowds don't create a traffic nightmare.

Residents don't want to see another backup like they did last month following the Polar Plunge.  

Seaside Heights Director of Special Events Michael Graichen says both lanes on Hamilton Avenue will head out of Seaside following the parade, sending people to the Route 37 bridge. Drivers are urged to use the bridge to enter and leave in order to avoid Route 35, which is under construction and full of detours.  

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Officials are still preparing for delays on the barrier island. "We're hoping that everybody exits on Hamilton Avenue," Graichen says. "We're going to make that a two-way after the parade to go across the bridge."

Lookouts will be stationed all along Route 35 to identify traffic problems, so changes can be made instantly, Graichen says.

Traffic lights have also been adjusted to help.

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