County of Monmouth

For Immediate Release
May 22, 2018

Aberdeen/Keyport Bridge (MA-14)
re-opens in advance of the summer season  

The ribbon cutting ceremony for the Aberdeen/Keyport Bridge KEYPORT, NJ— The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders was joined by officials from Aberdeen and Keyport for a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the reopening of Monmouth County Bridge MA-14 over Matawan Creek in advance of the summer season.

The original bridge was replaced due to age and severe corrosion. The new bridge features wide sidewalks in both directions and improved vertical clearance over the Creek for marine traffic.
“We are proud to add this bridge to the increasing list of structures that the County has improved or reconstructed,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone, liaison to the County’s Department of Public Works and Engineering. “The County is constantly evaluating and maintaining its inventory of more than 980 bridges and culverts, and we appreciate the cooperation and patience of residents when work must be done.”
The project work included reconstruction of 700-feet of approach roadway improvements, including new concrete curb and sidewalks, beam guide rail, widening of the existing bridge deck to include safety shoulders, new retaining walls with 4- bar open steel parapet and lighting on pylons. 
 Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone, Freeholder Patrick Impreveduto and Freeholder Gerry Scharfenberger
Prior to the closure, the bridge had an average daily traffic flow of more than 8,000 vehicles.
The construction cost totaled nearly $25.7 million, which was funded by the Federal Highway Administration and administered by the New Jersey Department of Transportation Local Aid Office and the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority. The contractor for this project was George Harms Construction Inc. of Farmingdale.
Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone spoke at the ceremony today, attended by County and local officials, residents and business owners.

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