SEA BRIGHT: The construction of the new Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge will not begin for another five years.
Monmouth County Freeholder Thomas Arnone said in his latest column that construction on the bridge will commence by early 2020.
"Our goal is to maintain the federal eligibility and utilize federal funds for the anticipated $60 million required for the new bridge construction," Arnone said.
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.
Arnone said the county has completed the "local concept development phase" for the bridge that officials are currently in the "preliminary engineering phase" through the use of federal funding from the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA). The current phase is anticipated to be completed by December, 2016..
"We will then proceed to the final design phase, which we anticipate to be completed in 2019, with construction to commence by early 2020," Arnone said.
The bridge is being replaced due to its age and the fact that routine maintenance can no longer address its deficiencies.
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. This will likely tie in to the state's new striping plan for Route 36 which is scheduled to begin in 2016.