Closure to start July 9 

LITTLE SILVER, NJ – Work to replace Monmouth County’s bridge on Seven Bridges Road over Little Silver Creek is scheduled to begin Monday, July 9, and continue until January 2013.

“While the current timber bridge has served the traveling public for more than 60 years, it is in need of replacement,” Freeholder Deputy Director Thomas A. Arnone said. “The new structure is needed to keep residents, commuters and visitors in this eastern Monmouth County town moving.”

To replace the bridge and reconstruct the bulkhead on both sides of the bridge, Seven Bridges Road will be closed to all vehicular traffic during construction. A pedestrian bridge will be provided over the creek with access to and from the adjacent Point Road School. 

Motorists should use the signed detours and expect travel delays throughout the project. All motor vehicle traffic on Seven Bridges Road, between Rumson Road and Little Silver Point Road, will be detoured.

Specifically, northbound traffic on Seven Bridges Road will detour west on Silverside Avenue to Branch Avenue and then travel north on Branch Avenue to Rumson Road. Conversely, southbound traffic should follow Rumson Road west to Branch Avenue and then travel south to Silverside Avenue.

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A map of the detour is posted on the county Web site at www.visitmonmouth.com

“A significant number of weekday commuters and students travel these roads and pass through the intersections on Branch Avenue at both Rumson Road and White Road/Winfield Avenue intersections,” County Engineer Joseph Ettore said. “The county’s Public Works and Engineering staff has been actively working with Little Silver officials to prepare and coordinate traffic issues that may arise during the project.”

This includes the installation of temporary traffic signals on Branch Avenue at the intersections with Rumson Road and White Road/Winfield Avenue.  The traffic lights were installed last week and were activated on June 26.

“While it is likely you will experience some delays in your travel due to the detour, we believe the use of temporary signals at both locations are necessary to improve the safety of motorists and pedestrians due to increased traffic volumes created by the detour,” Ettore said.  

The county will monitor the detour routes throughout the bridge reconstruction and, if necessary, provide additional signage or initiate other measures to keep traffic flowing as safely and effectively as possible.

“The structurally-deficient dual span timber bridge on Seven Bridges Road will be replaced with a new pre-cast concrete deck on a reinforced concrete abutment,” County Engineer Joseph Ettore said. “The new structure will meet current vehicular highway load requirements and eliminate the current weight restrictions on the bridge.”

The work will be performed by Lucas Brothers Inc. of Marlboro under a contract in the amount of $2,734,832.

“The county understands the inconvenience these detours will have on motorists and local residents,” said John W. Tobia, director of the county’s Department of Public Works and Engineering. “Unfortunately, this work cannot be completed without the closure of the bridge and road to vehicular traffic.”