Slowly but surely, the painstaking task of restoring natural gas service to thousands of Ocean County's northern barrier island homes inches southward through Toms River. New Jersey Natural Gas says that service is now registering on 882 meters on the Seaside peninsula.

New Jersey Natural Gas truck (NJ Resources)

The company says gas began flowing back into the system from  Ninth Avenue in Normandy Beach to Joseph Street in Lavallette. The target date for meter rebuilding and repressurization is Wednesday.

Tomorrow in Lavallette, they re-introduce fuel from Rutherford Lane to Trenton Avenue. NJNG anticipates repressurization by Thursday and rebuilding of affected meters by Friday.

Repressurization continues neighborhood-by-neighborhood en route to an expected full restoration date of December 31.

Further north, meters have been rebuilt for homes that can safely take service from Downer Avenue in Mantoloking to Dune Avenue in Brick and also in Brick from Ocean View Avenue to Jeannette Drive.
The company says it's replaced 5,465 feet of damaged 12-inch main from Bay Head to Seaside and completed removing invasive water from the system on Franklin Avenue in Seaside Park.
Simultaneously, crews are restoring servvice to Prospect Avenue in Union Beach and have restored it to all Manasquan homes capable of accepting fuel. The company says that service has resumed for all customers capable of taking natural gas service safely on the Ocean County mainland, Long Beach Island and Sea Bright.
Sporadic one-, two- and three-day closures continue as the reintroduction of natural gas contines. See more details at http://www.njng.com.