PHOTO: Oceanic Bridge tower (AHH file photo)

Shark River dredging, Matawan Creek Bridge rebuild & Oceanic Bridge repairs are critical projects

NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP, NJ – Monmouth County officials will be laying out a plan to restart the stalled Shark River dredging project and ask questions about some other critical county projects shutdown as a result of the depleted Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) at the Shark River Hills Marina, 149 S. Riverside Drive at 10 a.m. on July 27, 2016.

The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders and four municipalities wrote nearly $2 million in checks to the State or committed in-kind services to get the dredging project started in late 2015. Environmental restrictions shut the project down from Jan. 1 to June 30. The dredging project restarted on July 1, but was shut down on July 8 after Governor Chris Christie issued Executive Order 210 declaring a State of Emergency after the Legislature failed to act on a legislative solution to replenish the state’s TTF.

“After nearly 20 years of discussions and false starts our residents and visitors finally believed that work to restore a safe passage for recreational and commercial traffic in the Shark River would be a reality,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A.  Arnone. “We are now well into the dredging season and no work is being done as a result of the State’s executive order for work stoppage. We need the contractor to get back to work.”