Ship Bottom — For anyone waiting for the traffic signals on the south end of Long Beach Island to be turned to blinking, marking the true beginning of the off-season, Monday was undoubtedly a disappointing day. Well, in Ship Bottom, anyway.
The traffic signals in LBI’s gateway community are being kept fully functioning after a request from borough officials to hold off the annual blinking lights until after a slew of Columbus Day weekend events on the Island, John Ernst, Ocean County engineer, confirmed earlier this week. All of the traffic signals, including at West 28th Street, will begin blinking Oct. 15 for the remainder of the off-season, he said.
The county did set the traffic signals to blinking in Long Beach Township and Beach Haven on Oct. 7. The traffic lights have been blinking on the north end of the Island since shortly after Labor Day. Speed limits were increased to off-season highs last week on Long Beach Boulevard and Central Avenue. The 25-mph speed limit on Barnegat Avenue remains the same year ’round.
The traffic signals at Eighth and Ninth streets in Ship Bottom are always fully functioning because those roads are owned and maintained by the state Department of Transportation and are considered part of the Route 72 corridor.