The following is an advisory from the Oceanport Police Department:
On Sunday, July 30, 2017, Monmouth Park will be hosting the 2017 Haskell Invitational Horse Race. The Haskell is the largest attended race of the year at Monmouth Park.
Motorists are advised that Oceanport Ave between Port Au Peck Ave and the Main Gate of Monmouth Park will be closed to all vehicle traffic from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Detours will be in place, but it is advised to plan alternate routes to avoid the large pedestrian flow, and additional vehicle traffic in and out of Monmouth Park.
Motorists will also encounter delays on Port Au Peck Ave near the New Jersey Transit Monmouth Park Train Station and the Picnic Area entrance to Monmouth Park.
Heavy traffic congestion will occur from late morning to mid afternoon during the inbound traffic flow on State Hwy 36 eastbound from the Garden State Parkway to Oceanport Ave, and eastbound on County Rd 537 (Eatontown Blvd) to the Monmouth Park Racetrack Parking Areas. Favorable weather could increase the traffic congestion due to beach bound traffic.
Following the running of the Haskell Race between 5:30pm and 6:30pm, a heavy outbound flow of pedestrian and vehicle traffic will enter surrounding roadways causing heavy traffic buildups in the area. During this outbound flow the following roadways are subject to closure:
• Oceanport Ave northbound from the West Long Branch Line to the Main Gate of Monmouth Park.
• Port Au Peck Ave between Oceanport Ave and Myrtle Ave (near the New Jersey Transit Rail line.)
• Crescent place eastbound from Eatontown Blvd to the area of the Monmouth Park Racetrack parking areas.
Roadways that will experience heavy traffic flow upon completion of the race will be Port Au Peck Ave from Myrtle Ave to Eatontown Blvd (County Rt. 537), Eatontown Blvd from State Hwy 36 to Wyckoff Road/Broad Street in Eatontown, Main Street, Monmouth Road (State Hwy 71), and Oceanport Ave near the Racetrack, and Oceanport Ave from Port Au Peck Ave to the Little Silver Line. Drivers travelling on State Hwy 36 will experience heavy traffic flow from Monmouth Park westbound to the Garden State Parkway. Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes and plan for extra time when travelling in the area.