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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ
Contact: Mairin Bellack
Steve Schapiro
RELEASE: September 24, 2019

Mathis Bridge/Route 37 eastbound to be closed overnight for final testing of lift span components

Traffic will be shifted onto the Tunney Bridge each night

(Trenton) - New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced the Mathis Bridge/Route 37 eastbound is scheduled to be closed overnight for up to two weeks for final testing of the lift span components. Traffic will be shifted onto the Tunney Bridge/Route 37 westbound each night while work is taking place in Ocean County.

Between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the next morning, Monday through Saturday, for up to two weeks, NJDOT’s contractor Schiavone Construction Company, will shift Route 37 eastbound traffic to one lane of the westbound side of the Tunney Bridge in Toms River. This shift will close Route 37 at the intersection of Douglas Street just before the Mathis Bridge. Traffic will be shifted back onto Route 37 eastbound after crossing the Tunney Bridge near Catalina Avenue on Pelican Island. The jughandle to turn onto Douglas Street in Toms River will remain open. The shift began on Monday night, September 23.

Tunney Bridge/Route 37 westbound reduced to one lane each night
While the Mathis Bridge is closed each night, one lane of traffic westbound and one lane eastbound will be maintained on the Tunney Bridge, separated by construction drums. By 6 a.m. each morning, both bridges will be restored to three lanes.

The eastbound Mathis Bridge and westbound Tunney Bridges are a pair of bridges carrying Route 37 over Barnegat Bay between Toms River and Seaside Heights. The Mathis Bridge, a mile-long double leaf bascule moveable span bridge completed in 1950, is the older of the two and had been in need of repairs.

This final testing of the lift span components will complete the $56.4 million federally-funded project that replaced the existing bridge deck on the Mathis Bridge, which was 68 years old, made safety improvements to the barrier and railings, and repaired and replaced mechanical and electrical components that operate the moveable lift span. Construction, which was completed in May 2018, was accomplished in three winter seasons so summer traffic would not be affected.

NJDOT will be using Variable Message Signs to provide advance notification to motorists of traffic pattern changes associated with the work.  Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT's traffic information website www.511nj.org for real-time travel information and for NJDOT news follow us on Twitter @NJDOT_info or on the NJDOT Facebook page.            

Please note, the NJDOT Communications Office has a new phone number – 609-963-1975.

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  Last Updated:  September 24, 2019