Ocean County Press Release
BRICK TOWNSHIP – Northbound traffic on the original Midstreams Bridge is scheduled to be shifted onto the new Midstreams Bridge, later today Aug. 2, according to Ocean County officials.
"The traffic switch allows us to begin the demolition of the remainder of the original bridge," said Ocean County Freeholder John P. Kelly, liaison to the county's Engineering Department. "The switch continues to provide the one lane of traffic in the northbound direction while the contractor Midlantic Construction, Barnegat Township, works on the bridge replacement."
The bridge replacement work is expected to be completed by February 2019.
Ocean County is replacing the Midstreams Bridge, which crosses over Beaver Dam Creek in Brick Township.
The existing bridge was originally built in 1962. It was a 131 feet long, 35 feet wide structure consisting of adjacent precast concrete slab beams supported on concrete pile caps founded on timber piles with timber bulkheading.
The existing timber piles and timber bulkhead substructure showed signs of advanced deterioration while the existing concrete pile caps exhibited delamination and moderate section loss. Additionally, the bridge deck width is substandard given the increased traffic volumes.
Once completed, the new bridge will be a 111 feet long single span structure consisting of adjacent precast/prestressed concrete box beams, supported on full height reinforced concrete abutments, founded on cast-in-place steel pipe piles and concrete footings.
The width of the new structure will be 49 feet and include a 40 feet curb-to-curb cart way along with a 6-foot wide sidewalk on the west side. The proposed bridge rail will be a 4-bar galvanized steel with cast-in-place concrete pylons. Included in the scope is the extensive installation of steel sheet bulkheading, revised roadway profile and upgraded guide rail.
"The new bridge will be a safer span for both motorists and pedestrians," Kelly said.