MIDDLETOWN, NJ - Oceanic Bridge spanning the Navesink River between Middletown and Rumson closed on October 17, 2011 for span re-construction and repair. There will be no vehicular, bicyclist or pedestrian access across the bridge. Boat traffic will be able to transit the waterway without restriction. Residents are warned not to enter the bridge as hazardous conditions will exist during the project. 

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The detour plan approved by the county is River Road/West Front St to SH 35 to CR 12A ( Navesink River Road). Motorists should use the signed detours and expect travel delays during the project. All motor vehicle traffic on Bingham Avenue between Rumson and Middletown (CR-8) will be detoured. Traffic can either travel west through Fair Haven and Red Bank to Middletown or travel east through Sea Bright and Highlands to Middletown.

Specifically, northbound traffic from Rumson on Bingham Avenue (CR-8) will be directed east through Fair Haven and Red Bank on East River Road (CR-10) to East Front Street to Route 35  North to Navesink River Road (CR-12A) in Middletown. Or, northbound traffic can take Bingham Avenue south, turn left onto Rumson Road (CR-520) to Sea Bright and turn left onto Ocean Avenue (Route 36 North) to Highlands and take the jug handle for Navesink Avenue in Middletown. Follow Navesink Avenue and turn left onto Locust Avenue and left again onto Locust Point Road (CR-8B).

Southbound traffic from Middletown will be directed west on Navesink River Road (CR-12A) to Route 35 South in Red Bank and follow detours signs to travel west on East Front Street (CR10)/ East River Road through Fair Haven and into Rumson.  Or, southbound traffic can follow Navesink River Road(CR-12A)/ Locust Point Road (CR-8B) and turn right onto Locust Avenue, turning right onto Navesink Avenue and then bear right onto Route 36 South through Highlands and into Sea Bright. Turn right onto the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge and follow Rumson Road (CR-520) west to Bingham Avenue. Turn right onto Bingham Avenue (CR-8) to East River Road (CR-10).

Weather permitting, the work is expected to be completed in time for Memorial Day weekend 2012.

The work will conducted by the Iron Bridge Group, Inc. of North Brunswick. The county’s Department of Public Works and Engineering is overseeing the project. The contract amount of the rehabilitation project is $3,554,380. Additional information about the Oceanic Bridge is available on the county Web site at www.visitmonmouth.com.