As promised, weekend traffic accommodated while safety work completed
SEA BRIGHT, NJ – At 11 a.m., the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge (S-32) that spans the Shrewsbury River between Rumson and Sea Bright re-opened to all traffic today.
“This morning’s reopening follows the completion of important bridge safety upgrades and repair work to correct some Superstorm Sandy damage,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “It is important to note that the work was completed ahead of schedule and that the bridge was open on weekends to accommodate vehicle and pedestrian traffic. This was imperative because local businesses depend on the bridge traffic to support their stores, restaurants and other services.”
Director Arnone, who is also liaison to the county’s Department of Public Works and Engineering, negotiated the weekend opening schedule with the contractor, IEW Construction Group.
“At the request of local businesses and the governing body, we were able to work with the contractor to adjust the project schedule,” said Arnone. “It is important that businesses that have reopened following Sandy get the support that they need; however, it was also important that we complete these safety upgrades.”
The bridge was closed to vehicles and pedestrian traffic during the two-week work period that was expected to conclude at 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 15, weather permitting. The bridge was open to marine traffic throughout the upgrades.
This work was performed under a contract for safety system upgrades at all four of Monmouth County’s movable bridges. The Glimmer Glass Bridge (W-9) along Brielle Road between Brielle and Manasquan and the Shark River Bridge (Ocean Avenue) connecting Avon and Belmar and the Oceanic Bridge (S-31) already had their traffic and barrier gates replaced as part of this project.
“The work was necessary because the previous equipment had become outdated and replacement parts were becoming more difficult to find,” Arnone explained. “Next up is repair work to fix damage to the underside of bridge caused by Superstorm Sandy. All of this work will be done while the bridge remains open to the travelling public.”
“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. “The county recently held public forums about the future of the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge. The sessions reviewed long term plans that recommend the replacement of the existing bridge.”
Information about the proposed replacement is on the county website at www.visitmonmouth.com. Public comment on the bridge is being accepted through Friday, Feb.22.
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.