For Immediate Release:
February 3, 2012
County’s Shark River bridge
to be inspected next week
Brief closure for span in the late-night hours
FREEHOLD, NJ – The Shark River Bridge (W-43) will undergo a routine safety inspection and be closed to motor vehicle and pedestrian traffic beginning at 10 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9.
The closure is expected to last three to four hours. The bridge closure will not affect marine traffic.
“Monmouth County prides itself on safety, especially with its movable bridges,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Thomas A. Arnone, liaison to the county’s Department of Public Works and Engineering. “This inspection is a necessary part of the process.”
The closure is required for the state’s Movable Bridge Inspection program. The state Department of Transportation’s National Bridge Inventory Standards program must be conducted every two years. The inspection program includes testing of movable bridge barriers, safety gates and traffic lights.
The bridge was originally scheduled to be closed for inspection at the end of January.
Testing on the Sea Bright Bridge (S-32) between Rumson and Sea Bright and the Glimmer Glass Bridge (W-9) between Brielle and Manasquan was conducted last month.
The testing is being overseen by Hardesty & Hanover, LLP of Trenton, NJ.
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