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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ

Contact: Joe Dee or Tim Greeley

RELEASE: July 28, 2011


Maintenance repairs announced on
Route 37 eastbound bridge over Barnegat Bay

(Trenton) - The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) today announced that maintenance repairs are scheduled to begin this weekend on the Route 37 eastbound Thomas A. Mathis lift bridge over the Barnegat Bay connecting Toms River and Seaside Heights in Ocean County.

Beginning this Saturday night, July 30, NJDOT’s bridge maintenance contractor, I.E.W., will perform high-priority repairs to the bridge floor beams.

This work will require closures of the right and center lanes on Route 37 eastbound between 12 a.m. (midnight) and 8 a.m., as needed, for approximately two weeks. One travel lane will be maintained eastbound at all times. Variable message signs will be utilized to provide advance warning of the lane closures.

The work is focused on a portion of the bridge located west of the lift-span, so bridge openings and closings will continue on their normal schedule. Marine traffic will not be impacted by the repairs.

NJDOT has plans for a major reconstruction of the existing structurally deficient Route 37 eastbound Thomas A. Mathis Bridge, including the rehabilitation of the lift-bridge and electrical/mechanical systems. That project is currently in design.

The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information web site www.511nj.org real-time travel information.

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