A look at Long Beach Island, New Jersey

Traffic

Long Beach Island Traffic

Quite simply, traffic to, from and on the island can be a nightmare.

Since the 1950’s there has been one causeway with two lanes on and two lanes off. Now we have huge increases in the summer population. A ten year multimillion dollar construction effort was launched to work on the bridge. The result was that we have two lanes on and two lanes off.  Wait, wasn’t that what he had previously?   The result is that on most weekends, and even during the week, traffic is backed up from the Garden State Parkway to the island.

Newcomers to the island should be familiar with the local traffic laws such as:

  • The ‘keep right except to pass’. This is enforced to some degree. However, during tidal flooding, the right lane is often flooded which makes this law a little dubious
  • 25 MPH means 25, not 25.25. If you are on the back streets, the 25 MPH limit is strictly enforced. The limit on the boulevard is also enforced but I know people who got a ticket for doing 26.
  • Pedestrians in crosswalks have the right of way. As I heard it, you are supposed to wait until they are all the way across and off the street. This can be frustrating when a herd of people ambles slowly across the road.

You can visit our webcams page for some local traffic cameras.

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