Coordinated efforts to schedule work in busy corridor 

MIDDDLETOWN, NJ – There is a lot going on along Newman Springs Road (County Route 520) between Holmdel and Red Bank.

“One project is already underway; a second project will affect overnight travel in the area for five nights beginning April 1; and the third project will continue through late 2013,” Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone said. “These projects are necessary as the County continues to maintain its roadways and facilitate work by our utility companies.”

On March 15, Monmouth County began a project to upgrade eight intersections along Newman Springs Road between Hance Avenue at the Tinton Falls/Red Bank border to Holmdel-Keyport Road in Holmdel. This work involves upgrades to crosswalks to make the intersection and traffic signal operation more accessible to individuals with disabilities. The work includes installations of detectable warning surfaces and sidewalk ramps. This project requires limited daytime closures of one lane of Newman Springs Road at the intersections to facilitate the installation of the improvements.

On April 1, New Jersey American Water Company plans to install operational upgrades to its water delivery system at its Swimming River reservoir plant.  This will require the closure of Swimming River Road (County Route 50) to traffic between Newman Springs Road in Middletown and County Route 537 in Tinton Falls/Colts Neck.

Due to the high volume of vehicular traffic on Swimming River Road, Monmouth County has required this work be scheduled between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m., to minimize disrupt to the traveling public. New Jersey American Water Company anticipates that their work will complete by April 5. This closure will facilitate repairs necessitated by last summer’s water main collapse and will facilitate the removal of temporary pipes from the roadway.

On or about April 8, the County will begin a project to replace the bridge decks on the twin County Route 520, Newman Springs Road, bridges over the Swimming River between the Garden State Parkway and Hance Avenue.

The bridge will remain open to vehicular traffic throughout the project, but traffic through the work area will be restricted to a single lane in each direction. Pedestrian access across the bridge and through the project site will not be permitted during the six month construction time. Motorists should expect delays and are encouraged to plan alternate routes. The posted speed limit will be reduced to 25 mph during bridge project.

The existing concrete decks on both bridges will be completely removed and replaced by new concrete decks and bridge railings of the same dimensions as existing. Work will include complete replacement of the bridge approach slabs including the curb, sidewalk, and guide rail.

“Deterioration of the bridge surface over the past four decades has significantly advanced to the point that the entire deck needs to be replaced in their entirety, and the work that will be completed under this contract will bring this bridge into compliance with current standards and will extend its life by an additional 30 to 40 years,” Arnone said.

The County’s Department of Public Works and Engineering is overseeing these projects. Information about the New Jersey American Water Company operational upgrades is available from the water company at www.amwater.com/njaw