For Immediate Release:
January 18, 2013
Rumson – Sea Bright Bridge to get upgrades
Three week closure may begin Jan. 28 for Shrewsbury River span
RUMSON, NJ – On or about Jan. 28, Monmouth County will begin a project to upgrade the safety systems on the Rumson Sea Bight Bridge (S-32) that connects Rumson and Sea Bright. The work requires the closure of the bridge to vehicles and pedestrian traffic during the estimated three week work period that is expected to conclude on Feb. 18, weather permitting.
To perform these upgrades, the county will close the bridge’s roadway so the contractor, IEW Construction Group can replace safety gates and perform other upgrades and maintenance work.
“This work is required because the existing equipment is outdated and replacement parts are becoming more difficult to find,” County Engineer Joseph M. Ettore, P.E. said.“Addressing these maintenance issues now will reduce the disruption of vehicular and pedestrian traffic during the summer months.”
The Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge will be open to marine traffic during the upgrades.
This work was scheduled to begin this winter,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone, liaison to the county’s Department of Public Works and Engineering. “This is the last of the four movable bridges to receive these needed upgrades. The county continues to work to keep its bridges in good working order and safe for travelers and the bridge operators.”
This work is being performed under a contract for safety system upgrades at each of the four movable bridges owned and operated by Monmouth County.The Glimmer Glass Bridge (W-9) along Brielle Road between Brielle and Manasquan and the Shark River Bridge (Ocean Avenue) connecting Avon and Belmar have already had their traffic and barrier gates replaced as part of this project. Work on the Oceanic Bridge (S-31) is currently underway and is expected to be completed prior to Jan. 28, weather permitting.
“When the work is completed on the Oceanic Bridge, the contractor will relocate to the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge and begin this final project of the contract,” Ettore said.
Funding for the safety upgrades has been provided through the State Transportation Trust Fund.
Monmouth County owns, operates and maintains the four movable, draw bridges as well as 976 other bridges and culverts throughout the county. All of these structures are monitored and maintained by the county’s Department of Public Works and Engineering. The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders oversees the operation of county government infrastructure, activities and programs.
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