County of Monmouth

For Immediate Release:
June 19, 2024

County Commissioner Director provides update on Glimmer Glass Bridge closure and detour

MANASQUAN, NJ – Monmouth County Commissioner Director Thomas A. Arnone, on behalf of the Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners, issued the following statement regarding the Glimmer Glass Bridge.

During a scheduled routine inspection of the Glimmer Glass Bridge, necessary repair work was discovered on Thursday, June 13. On Friday, June 14th, the bridge was closed to complete a more detailed inspection and perform the needed repairs to the steel stringers that support the deck of the moveable span on the Bridge. Repair work is ongoing and expected to be completed prior to the July 4th holiday. The cost of the repairs will be approximately $100,000.

The repair work requires the closure of the Bridge to vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic. A signed detour has been established. In order for the repair work to be completed by the July 4th weekend, it is necessary to close the navigation channel on Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. The navigation channel will be open to boaters 24 hours on the weekends and 4 p.m. to 7 a.m. on week days.

Despite continuous maintenance by the County, the age and condition of the structure has reached the point where the Bridge has become unreliable. In order to ensure the continuous safe operation of this structure for vehicular, pedestrian, and marine traffic, it is time to replace the bridge in its entirety. To replace the Bridge will cost around $30 million which includes 2-3 years of design work because the State Historical Preservation Office will need to review the application. The County appreciates the historic nature of the structure and has continuously offered to work with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s (NJDEP) State Historic Preservation Office to implement historic mitigation measures. We recognize the frequent maintenance of the structure creates significant inconvenience to the residents and visitors of the Manasquan area, however, the safety of our residents and visitors must remain our top priority.

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