Submitted: Attention Township – I Almost Hurt Myself Badly

I’m not sure who is in charge of this, which is why I figured I would just send a letter to the Scoop and hope the right department within the township reads this and takes action.

I was jogging around the lake today when I nearly tripped on the boardwalk along Route 9. I could have injured myself badly, but luckily I was able to catch my balance.

The boardwalk is extremely old and seems rotted in many places. There are multiple spots along the boardwalk that are completely broken and have uneven pavement (I included some pictures) which can seriously cause injury, especially to elderly who cannot catch their balance as well.

With the amount of people that walk on this daily, I think it should be completely replaced. The township should go and look at the boardwalk in Long branch, which is made of a beautiful material and aesthetically pleasing as well.

I’m hoping the right township people see this and take immediate action before somebody really hurts themselves.

Thank you very much in advance.

A resident.

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  1. Please bring Marys lane to the attention of the township. Its in total disrepair and cars have no where to pass one another. Accidents waiting to happen Chas VShalom.

  2. I don’t walk there but sometimes see the residents from the Courtyard out there with their walkers. This is extremely dangerous for them!

  3. It has been this way for a long time the pilings on the wide boardwalk area across for the courtyard are rotting out, the structural integrity is compromised, I’ve reported gaping holes to the twp in the past, where whole boards were missing and rotted, the whole thing bounces up and down because of the rot, they couldn’t care less, the lake has been a garbage pit for years, the repair job should be bidded to local contracting companies and they should fix it, absolute danger and liability

    • To the Town of Lakewood & Ocean County, Please:
      •Add more safety features to the bridge
      •Repair the roads
      •Build new roads
      •Install new traffic lights
      •Reengineer traffic flow
      •Repair sidewalks
      •Build new sidewalks
      •Repair boardwalks
      •Build a 2nd bridge across the lake (1 for men & 1 for women)
      •Hire more crossing guards
      •Hire more police
      •Modernize aging infrastructure

  4. @Sam, I think you’re exaggerating. I walk on that area often, and the problems in the pictures should really be fixed. But it is not a garbage pit. The township does do maintenance at the lake area. I have seen rotted boards replaced every season and our lake is really beautiful. These pics just show that they need to do a better job.

    • I agree, but the problems in the picture should be fixed immediately. The sinking cement, which although it is on the side of the boardwalk, people do walk on it, and it has been like that for years. They need to be more vigilant about the boards in general – to correct them as soon as they are an issue. Also, ramps on and off bridge there.
      But it certainly helps when people speak up and report things to TWP – they can’t have inspectors out every day.

  5. I used to spend a lot more time there than I do now.
    It definitely has gotten worse over the years.
    To anyone complaining about costs for the repairs, just remember: defending lawsuits isn’t cheap either and not providing proper maintenance on features like this will inevitably cause insurance rates to increase further for the town. Additionally, how would you feel if it was your mother taking a walk and breaking a femur because you think the town shouldn’t maintain public walkways. (There is data showing that such a fall can seriously shorten the victims life. Recovering from such a trauma at an advanced age is not simple)
    This is what we pay taxes for. I am happy for the town to use our money for such maintenance.

  6. Yes, I’ve seen people tripping on that sunken cement block – whether walking or biking. The problem is that the TWP probably thinks it’s the states issues, (Rt 9 is a state highway) and the state probably says it’s the TWP’s responsibility. Welcome to politics.
    Don’t get me wrong – I respect and appreciate both, but when you have thing like this – for years, it’s complicated. Maybe some private people should just go and fill it in!

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