Less than two months after Monmouth County financed the purchase of the remaining available acreage of Fort Monmouth, thereby removing federal red tape from the redevelopment decisions of the property, the gates were removed from the entrances on Route 35 in Eatontown and Oceanport Ave in Oceanport as County Road 537 opened for vehicular traffic.
County, state and local officials gathered at the fort on Tuesday morning to commemorate the reopening.
“Government usually doesn’t work this fast. In Monmouth County it does,” declared Freeholder Tom Arnone as he acknowledged the men and women of the County Department of Public Works and Engineering and their director, John Tobia, for their work in opening the road.
The road was closed to the public in 2011 when the U.S. Army moved the operations of the fort to Aberdeen, Maryland following the 2005 decision by the federal BRAC (base realignment and closure) commission decision to close the historic facility.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Fort Monmouth, Monmouth County News | Tags: Avenue of Memories, Eatontown, Fort Monmouth, Fort Monmouth Redevelopment Authority, Monmouth County Freeholders, Monmouth County News, Oceanport, Route 537 | 3 Comments »