Weekend opening for Shrewsbury River span during scheduled work
RUMSON, NJ – Monmouth County has revised the closure schedule for the upgrade the safety systems on the Rumson Sea Bight Bridge (S-32) to include closure of the bridge during the week beginning Jan. 28; the bridge will be reopened to accommodate weekend traffic.
“At the request of local businesses and the governing body, the county will has modified the closure schedule,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone, liaison to the county’s Department of Public Works and Engineering. “It is important that businesses that are open get the support that they need; however, it is important that we complete these safety upgrades in advance of warmer weather when use of the bridge increases.”
The bridge that connects Rumson and Sea Bright will be closed to vehicles and pedestrian traffic from 9 a.m. on Monday through 3:30 p.m. Friday from Jan. 28 until Feb. 15, weather permitting.
The Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge will remain operable for marine traffic during the upgrades.
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) was completed on Jan. 23.
“With the completion of the work on the Oceanic Bridge, the contractor will relocate to the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge and begin this final project of the contract,” Arnone said. “Additionally, the county will be awarding a contract to fix damage to the bridge caused by Hurricane Sandy. This work will be done while the bridge remains open to the travelling public.”
The work that will be done in February requires that the county 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“This work is required because the existing equipment is outdated and replacement parts are becoming more difficult to find,” County Engineer Joseph M. Ettore, P.E. said.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.”
“Unrelated to the ongoing upkeep and storm repair to the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge, the county is also looking at the bridge’s future,” Arnone said. “On Jan. 23, Monmouth County will hold two public forums on the plans for the future of the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge. The identical sessions will address long term plans related to the rehabilitation of the existing bridge or the replacement of the structure.”
An afternoon session will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in the public meeting room of the Sea Bright Municipal Building at 1167 Ocean Ave in Sea Bright. A second public forum will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Media Room of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School at 74 Ridge Rd. in Rumson.
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.