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Hubbard Avenue closed Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday, 19 December 2014
Detours will be in place Motorist should expect delays due to emergency repairs MIDDLETOWN, NJ – On Saturday, December 20, weather permitting, Hubbard Avenue between West Front Street and Navesink River Road will be closed for emergency repair... Read More...
IMAGE Middletown Doctor Charged with Running Prescription Drug Ring
Friday, 19 December 2014
Doctor Sold Forged Oxycodone Prescriptions for $300 to $400 FREEHOLD, NJ - Detectives from the Middletown Township Police Department working with investigators from this Office and the state Division of Consumer Affairs have dismantled a... Read More...
Chairman Menendez Writes Secretary Kerry on North Korea’s Cyber-Terror Attack on Sony Pictures
Friday, 19 December 2014
Newark, NJ – U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent the following letter to Secretary of State John Kerry urging him to consider re-designating North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism in... Read More...
Water Infrastructure Protection Act Passes Senate
Friday, 19 December 2014
TRENTON, NJ - Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) and Senator Paul Sarlo (D-36) that would help protect the state's drinking water, result in more than $100 million of water infrastructure upgrades, and create thousands of jobs was... Read More...
NJBIA’s 2015 Business Outlook Survey Indicates Positive, Yet Cautious Forecast
Friday, 19 December 2014
TRENTON, NJ - The New Jersey Business & Industry Association’s 56th annual Business Outlook Survey reports a positive outlook for the state’s economy in 2015. However, the survey also reveals cautious optimism by member companies who... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Skewed View - December 19, 2014
by Tom Brennan
Friday, 19 December 2014
It breaks my heart to see yet another article on how my dear #GuyFieri has made Food Network nearly unwatchable: http://bit.ly/1DA59Fm Want to see... Read More...
IMAGE Our Forefathers Knew Better
by George Hancock-Stefan
Wednesday, 17 December 2014
When one does a comparison between the 17th and 20th centuries in regards to the goodness of humanity, one comes with two different views.  The... Read More...
IMAGE Review - Top Five
by David Prown
Wednesday, 17 December 2014
The other day I was scanning moviefone.com to get a sense of new releases for this weekend. Never heard of Chris Rock's "Top Five" and tried to get a... Read More...
IMAGE Skewed View - December 16, 2014
by Tom Brennan
Tuesday, 16 December 2014
Got 60 grand?  Well, you can use it to pay down your debt or buy Burt Reynold's Smokey & The Bandit TransAm: http://usat.ly/1G9j9n6 Parenting... Read More...
IMAGE Stupid Christmas Gifts
by Anne Mikolay
Monday, 15 December 2014
Yes, I know. Tis the thought that counts...blah, blah, blah. But let's be honest. Shall we? Whether it's a collectible you don't collect, or a... Read More...

Upcoming Events

Sat Dec 20 @ 2:00PM - 04:00PM
Brothers in Harmony Holiday Show
Sat Dec 20 @ 2:30PM -
Band of the Two Rivers Holiday Concert
Sun Dec 21 @10:00AM -
Fair Haven Menorah Lighting
Sun Dec 21 @ 7:00PM -
Blue Christmas Service
Sat Dec 27 @ 3:00AM - 05:00PM
Murray Farmhouse Candlelight Reception -

Work to replace bridge deck to continue through November 

RED BANK, NJ – On or about April 1, Monmouth County will begin a project to replace the bridge deck on the Newman Springs Road bridge (S-16) over the Swimming River just east of the Garden State Parkway. The bridge will remain open to vehicular traffic throughout the project, but motorists should expect delays and plan alternate routes.

To complete the repair work and to continue to accommodate vehicle traffic on the busy stretch of road, the twin two-lane bridges will be reduced to two lanes, one westbound and one eastbound, during the entire eight month construction period. There will also be no access for pedestrians on the bridge during the eight month project.

“Deterioration of the bridge surface over the past four decades has significantly advanced to the point that the entire deck needs to be replaced,” Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone said. “While the work is critical, we know that it is not practical to take this bridge out of use or create an effective detour.”

The existing concrete decks on both bridges will be completely removed and in their places will be new concrete decks of the same dimensions. Work will also be completed on each of the bridge approaches as well as the curbs and the sidewalks. When finished, all work will meet current design standards.

The project is expected to conclude in late November, weather permitting.

“The replacement work will extend the usable life of this 42-year-old bridge,” Freeholder Director Arnone said. “This bridge is an important link that connects Red Bank and Tinton Falls to Middletown.”

The work will conducted by Rencor, Inc. of Somerville, NJ for a total contract amount of $2,114,109. The State’s Annual Transportation Trust Fund is providing the funding for the project.

The contract also includes the rehabilitation of the Branchport Avenue Bridge (E-20) at Branchport Creek between Long Branch and Oceanport. The scope of this project includes repairs to the existing bridge deck including performing miscellaneous deck, sidewalk and curb spall repairs and the construction of a latex modified concrete overlay on existing bridge deck.

This Branchport Avenue project is expected to begin in April and be substantially complete by Memorial Day weekend.

In the area of the bridge, the roadway will be closed to vehicular traffic, but open to pedestrian traffic,

All work shall be substantially complete before Memorial Day weekend.

The county’s Department of Public Works and Engineering is overseeing the project.