Rumson, Middletown connector is closed to all vehicle traffic
– The Oceanic Bridge that spans the between and Rumson is closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic due to a loss of electrical power.
Oceanic Bridge - AHHerald file photo
At approximately today, power was lost to the bridge while in the upright position. Bridge tenders managed to close the bascule span manually, but because there was no power to lock the pins that secure the bridge, the span had to be closed.
Jersey Central Power & Light has been notified and is responding to restore electric power to the bridge.
Electric power is need to securely lock the bridge in place for the safe passage of vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
Motorists should expect delays and should use detours:
- ·In , motorists traveling to Red Bank should use ; motorists traveling to Sea Bright should use to to to Route 36.
- ·In Rumson, motorists traveling to Red Bank should use to ; motorists traveling to Sea Bright should use ( 8A) to (County Route 520) to .
The bridge, which carries 8A () over the between Rumson and has a vehicle weight restriction of three tons that has been in place since October 2009. This means that large SUVs, pickup trucks, buses, heavier trucks and all commercial vehicles are not permitted to use the bridge.