SEA BRIGHT: For the first time in almost one year, borough residents will get an update on the status of the proposed construction of a new Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge.
The county will be holding a public information center meeting on Wednesday, June 8 at 2 p.m. at Sea Bright Borough Hall, 1167 Ocean Ave. A meeting for Rumson resident will be held the same day at 6:30 p.m. at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, 74 Ridge Rd.
The purpose of the meetings is to inform the public of the status since the Local Concept Development Phase of this bridge replacement project including refinements to the approach roadways and intersections, and to solicit public input and comment on the Preliminary Engineering Phase of the project. The public is invited and encouraged to comment on the project and may attend either or both meetings.
Due to its age, the bridge has deteriorated over time and routine maintenance can no longer address its deficiencies.
The decision was made in 2013 to build the new bridge 30 feet south of the existing structure after the borough councils of Sea Bright and Rumson passed resolutions of support for the design. This will cause the Dunkin Donuts at that location to relocate, but the county has said it will work with the owner to find a new home in the borough. The existing bridge is expected to remain open during the majority of the construction phase.
Improvements to the CR 520/Ward Avenue intersection are also proposed along with improvements to CR 520 and NJ Route 36 in the vicinity of the bridge to better accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists.