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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ
Contact: Joe Fiordaliso or Tim Greeley
609-530-4280
RELEASE: October 27, 2004

 

NJDOT begins construction on Route 13
Lovelabdtown Bridge in Point Pleasant Borough


(Trenton) - New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner Jack Lettiere announced the start of work to rehabilitate the Route 13 Lovelandtown Bridge in Point Pleasant Borough. This important project will overhaul the current movable bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) on the unsigned New Jersey State Highway 13.

This $2.4 million project was included in NJDOT’s FY04 capital program, and is funded entirely by the State’s Transportation Trust Fund (TTF).

“This bridge rehabilitation project is a great example of Governor McGreevey’s Fix-it-First initiative, which prioritizes the repair and rehabilitation of our existing roads and bridges,” Lettiere said. “The rehabilitated bridge will have a positive impact on the quality of life of local residents.”

NJDOT’s “Fix-it First” strategy entails repairing existing roads and bridges before investing in new roadway expansion. Improvements to this bridge including replacing the obsolete drive and control system with a new state-of-the-art system. This will allow for quick and efficient raising and lowering of the bridge’s lift structure. The drive system for the movable bridge is currently powered by a temporary system that was installed two years ago after the original system broke down.

This important bridge rehabilitation project will improve traffic flow through Point Pleasant Borough. In addition, it will contribute to the economic recovery of Monmouth and Ocean counties by acting as an engine to spur economic growth.

Construction work began on September 20 and is expected to be completed and open to traffic by summer 2005. The bridge will not be closed to vehicle traffic during construction. Work will be staged in a way to avoid detours and keep the bridge open to traffic.

“Last year, we began the largest bridge rehabilitation program in New Jersey’s history,” said Lettiere. “To date, we have made a significant investment by providing funding for nearly 70 bridges throughout New Jersey.”

The Route 13 Bridge is located over the ICW, a protected 1,500-mile inland water highway that runs from Maine all the way to Florida. The United States Coast Guard requires that NJDOT open the bridge ‘on demand’ of any approaching vehicle.

The ICW was created in the 1800’s by an act of Congress as an aid to coastal shipping. Today, though its use is mainly recreational, the ICW is still maintained to strict high standards by the federal government. The Army Corps of Engineers does the dredging, and the Coast Guard monitors the buoys and channel markers along the way.

The $2.4 million construction contra
ct was awarded in June 2004 to Carr & Duff Inc. of Shillington, PA.

 
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