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WALL, NJ  – Senator Sean T. Kean recently met with the Acting Commissioner of the Department of Transportation and Highlands municipal officials to discuss the signs proposed on the Rt. 36 bridge that connects Highlands and Sea Bright. Highlands Mayor Anna Little and Councilman Christopher Francy attended the meeting to voice their concerns about the signs. There have been issues raised about the signs that the New Jersey Department of Transportation plans to install.

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Example: DOT rendering of bridge signage.

“I was contacted by many people who felt the proposed signage would be too large and not complement the aesthetic of the area,” said Senator Kean. “I reached out to Acting Commissioner Simpson to begin a dialogue about the signs.”

Senator Kean wanted to make sure that the signage directs motorists to the business area of Highlands and blends with the small beach town character of Highlands and Sea Bright.

“Highlands and Sea Bright are vibrant communities that offer thriving business districts, beach access, a state park, and the historic treasure of the Twin Lights. Any signs on the Rt. 36 bridge should take into consideration the character of this area,” remarked Kean.


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At the meeting Senator Kean suggested downsizing the signs so that they do not impede the view of the ocean or the Twin Lights. Kean believes that the DOT is going to scale back the size of the proposed signs.

“I am very optimistic that the DOT appreciates the character of this area and wants to install signs that will inform motorists and complement the surroundings,” concluded Kean.

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Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...