SEA BRIGHT – It’s taken ten years of talking and planning, but construction of the new Rumson Sea Bright Bridge is officially underway with a completion date set for 2025.
Freeholders, borough officials from both communities and county engineers were on site Friday morning for the groundbreaking ceremonies marking the beginning of construction, with Monmouth County Commissioner Director Tom Arnone also announcing that more than $130 million of the total cost is coming from federal grants.
The funding is both more than $107 million for the actual construction and another $7.2 million for inspections and administration, another $5.74 million for support services and $10.9 million for engineering and permit costs.
Arnone praised County Engineer Joseph Ettor for his work in accomplishing what has been discussed and planned for the past decade, sentiments reiterated by Rumson Mayor Joseph Hemphill and Sea Bright Mayor Brian P. Kelly.
"The County has facilitated and planned carefully for this project for close to a decade and we know the construction phase will be safe and successful," Kelly said. "We are also very happy the current bridge will remain operational while the new bridge to the south is being constructed."
Construction will be competed in stages with negligible impact on traffic along Rumson Road and Ocean Avenue, officials said, with motorists, cyclists and pedestrians using the current bridge while the new bridge is under construction just south of it. Once construction is complete, traffic will be shifted to the new facility and the old bridge will be demolished. There is not expected to be any interference or disruption of navigational travel along the Shrewsbury River beneath the bridge during the construction phase. There are no planned closures of the navigational channel.
The anticipated date of completion of the project is early 2025.
The project is being overseen in cooperation with Monmouth County, the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, New Jersey Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.