Oceanic Bridge Back in Business after 9 Months of Repairs
Rumson: Freeholder Deputy Director Thomas Arnone was master of ceremonies for the official reopening of the Oceanic bridge. The bridge had been closed for 9 months to replace the center span which had outlived it He introduced State Senator Joe Kyrillos Jr. who remarked the importance of maintain New Jerseys infrastructure; also how he was proud to be attending the historic day.
Mayors of Middletown and Rumson, Anthony P. Fiore and John E. Ekhdal both spoke respectively. Mayor Fiore addressed the importance of the Bridge for Middletown residents in traversing to other part of Monmouth County. In addition, Mayor Ekhdal commented that he is happy the bridge is open as in the past several months business were suffering a “30 percent” decrease. He expressed that the bridge’s importance to business owners is undeniable and that small business owners are excited to see the bridge functional again. He did quip however, that he enjoyed “not waiting in line this morning at Brennan’s,” as the crowd was diminished by virtue of the bridge closure.
The Oceanic Bridge, also known as S-31, originally built in 1891 with the addition of the double-leaf Bascule in 1940. The Bridge designed by Ash-Howard-Needles & Tamen was stamped with their style which led to the unique distinction of the bridge. The Oceanic is the longest in Monmouth County, spanning 2,712 feet across the Navesink River.
The Bridge will eventually be replaced, however that is a continuing story for another day. A submission was made to accelerate the decision on the bridge replacement options. The current span has sensors on it now to indicate structural compromise or stress. A feature that is to be incorporated in the next design as well. There are two viable options for the bridge replacement, however the earliest a decision may be made is toward the end of this year. Don't expect any immediate construction to begin on a new span.
In any event the bridge has been repaired and fixed up better than ever, and is ready to serve the residents of Monmouth County for another 10 years.