Monmouth County Public Works & Engineering: News Release: 6/7/2022

PUBLIC NOTICE

Shrewsbury River Waterway Navigational Channel – Temporary Width Reduction

Release Date: May 27, 2022

Please note - if any temporary disruption of access through the navigational channel occurs the
information will be posted to the Travel Advisory page of the project website at
www.rumsonseabrightbridge.com/travel-advisory.
There is also a link to the USCG Local Notice to Mariners under Useful Links, found in the upper
right corner of the project website home page (www.rumsonseabrightbridge.com).
On or about July 1, 2022, weather permitting, the Contractor will begin bridge replacement
activity in the Shrewsbury River. Temporary access trestles will be built on each side of the
river, which the Contractor will use to construct the new bridge to the south of the existing
bridge.
• The existing 75’ wide navigational channel will continue to be open to mariners.
• The bridge operator will instruct vessels, as is currently done, when there are scheduled
bridge openings.
• The existing bridge will continue to be open to vehicles and pedestrians.
On or about July 30, 2022, weather permitting, the Contractor will construct two temporary
cofferdams, one adjacent to each trestle, which will reduce the navigational channel from 75’
to 65’ in width for an estimated 12-month duration.
• The 65’ navigational channel will continue to be open to mariners.
• The bridge operator will instruct vessels, as is currently done, during this period when the
channel is reduced by 10’ in width.
• The existing bridge will continue to be open to vehicles and pedestrians.
On or about July 30, 2023, weather permitting, the Contractor will remove the cofferdams and
restore the navigational channel from 65’ to 75’ in width.
• The restored 75’ navigational channel will continue to be open to mariners.
• The bridge operator will instruct vessels, as is currently done, when there are scheduled
bridge openings.
• The existing bridge will continue to be open to vehicles and pedestrians.
A 6-to-8-day full channel closure will be required later in 2023 for installation of the new
drawbridge span. After the full closure, there will be a short-term restriction to half the channel
width. Once traffic shifts to the newly constructed bridge, the old bridge will be closed for
demolition. The access trestles to the south side of the bridge will be removed, and temporary
access trestles will be constructed to the north for removal of the old bridge. The demolition
work is estimated to occur in the early part of 2024. A separate public notice will be provided
in the future to inform mariners and the public.

Monmouth County Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge S-32 Replacement - Construction Phase – Marine Public Notice
Questions or comments can be submitted by June 30, 2022 to:
• Monmouth County Project Manager by e-mail to [email protected] or by
selecting the Contact Us tab on the project website (www.rumsonseabrightbridge.com),
or
• USCG via e-mail to [email protected]
To sign up for the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge S-32 Replacement project email list, go to the
Contact Us section of the project website (www.rumsonseabrightbridge.com/contact/#section-3).
Thank you for your continued support and understanding during the construction phase of this
important bridge replacement.
Regards,
Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge S-32 Project Team

Contact Information
Andrés Roda, P.E. Joseph M. Ettore, P.E.
County Project Manager Monmouth County Engineer
Monmouth County Division of Engineering
Hall of Records Annex, 1 East Main Street
Freehold, NJ 07728
732-431-7760
[email protected]