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Route 35 Cooper's Bridge Replacement Project

Monmouth County

Linking Technology and Tradition for Two Monmouth County Communities

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the bridge cost, and who is paying for it?
A. The cost of construction is $17.3 million. This is a Federal Highway Bridge Project which is 100% federally funded and is administered by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT).
How long will it take to build the new bridge?
A. The new bridge is being constructed in two stages, each lasting approximately 12 months. Stage I is now underway and consists of construction of the eastern half of the new bridge. Stage II, scheduled to begin in mid November 1999, will involve demolition of the old bridge and construction of the other half of the new bridge. The new Route 35 Coopers Bridge will be completely open to motorists and pedestrians within 22 months. (Substantial completion of all field work is scheduled for July 1, 2000).
Will the bridge remain open throughout construction, and how will traffic be affected?
A. Yes, the bridge will remain open to vehicles throughout both stages of construction. Because the existing bridge will be operational during the remaining months of Stage I, there will be no change in the number of vehicular lanes on the bridge; however, some lane shifting may be necessary, at times, based on the required construction activity. During Stage II, as the old bridge is removed, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction across the completed half of the new bridge.
Canít the bridge be replaced in less time?
A. No. The construction schedule calls for replacing the bridge in the most timely and efficient manner possible, while ensuring safety, quality workmanship, and the ability to keep the bridge open to traffic at all times. The only way to reduce construction time would be to close the bridge, and both communities found this option unacceptable.
Will there be a designated alternate route during Stage I or Stage II of construction?
A. No. During construction, motorists may choose to take different routes depending on their destination and travel needs. However, the Construction Partnering Team has charged a task force with identifying key locations at major intersections where signs will be placed to alert motorists of the traffic situation. The team is also exploring other ways to address the communitiesí traffic concerns.

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