KEYPORT, NJ – The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders will be joined by officials from Aberdeen and Keyport for a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the reopening of Monmouth County Bridge MA-14 over Matawan Creek in advance of the summer season at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, May 22.   

The original bridge was completely replaced due to age and severe corrosion and now features two wide sidewalks and improved vertical clearance for marine traffic.

According to information from the Monmouth County Department of Public Information and Tourism in 2016, the roadway profile was to be raised to provide 12 feet of clearance.

The new four span bridge is approximately 350 feet long and consists of:

  • Reinforced concrete abutments and piers supported by drilled shaft foundations.
  • Roadway supported on Column Supported Embankment System.
  • Painted steel girders.
  • Reinforced concrete deck slabs and sidewalks.
  • Bridge traffic and pedestrian barriers consisting of open steel railing systems.
  • Decorative pedestrian lighting provided on both sides of the bridge.
  • Reconstruction of the approach roadways: asphalt surfaced roadways, retaining walls, sidewalks and upgraded safety features.

George Harms Construction Company in Howell was the contractor for the original $23.5 million project. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is contributing $22.276 million of federal dollars (95 percent) towards the project.

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In total, the county maintains of approximately 1,000 lane miles of roads, 980 bridges and culverts and 250 traffic signals and beacons.

Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone will make remarks at the ribbon cutting.


When:        8 a.m. Tuesday, May 22 (rain or shine)

Where:      West Front Street/Amboy Avenue (between Aberdeen and Keyport)

                  Parking available @ Blue Rock Café,

                  522 Amboy Ave., Keyport




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