County of Monmouth

For Immediate Release:
January 7, 2020

Ocean Avenue Shark River Bridge to close for repairs
Bridge pinions to be reconstructed

AVON and BELMAR, NJ – The Ocean Avenue Shark River Bridge (W-43) will close for emergency repairs within the next two weeks. The work will begin once the contract is awarded and will be completed by mid-May.

During a routine inspection of the Bridge, deterioration of the steel pinions, which support the bridge when it opens and closes, was found.

“We understand the inconvenience a closure of this duration represents to those who travel in and around the impacted communities, but the safety of our residents and visitors remains our top priority,” said Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone, liaison to the County’s Department of Public Works and Engineering. “We appreciate the patience of those who travel on the Bridge, as this reconstruction is completed, and will work to get it done as quickly as possible to ensure that the Bridge is fully operational in advance of the summer season.”

The bridge will allow limited marine traffic, but will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic as one of the bridge spans will remain fully open while the work is being performed.

Drivers and pedestrians should plan to use an alternate route during construction. Detour signs will be posted throughout the location.

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

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