Ocean County Press Release
Safety and Drainage Improvements Included in Project

TOMS RIVER – Work to replace the Francis Mills Bridge which carries Route 571 over the Toms River in Jackson Township is scheduled to begin in November.

"Wear and tear and age has resulted in the need to replace this span," said Ocean County Freeholder Director John P. Kelly, Director of Law and Public Safety. "With every project we do, we make certain safety is the key component when designing and constructing new roadways and bridges in Ocean County."

The work will include replacing the existing two-lane bridge, which has reached the end of its life cycle, with a new span consisting of a precast concrete arch structure supported on concrete pier caps and abutments. The new bridge will be 31-feet in length with a 28-feet clear span.

Route 571 also will be realigned with a new super-elevated curve and larger curve radius to increase safety.

Additionally two stormwater management basins will be constructed to comply with state Department of Environmental Protection Stormwater Regulations.

Ocean County Freeholder James F. Lacey, who serves as liaison to the county's roads and bridges, said the span will be replaced through stage construction and two-way traffic will be maintained during construction.

"Ocean County maintains more than 250 bridges and culverts," Lacey said. "Included in the project is drainage and stormwater management improvements which provides for greater safety and protects the environment."

The Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders is expected to award the project to Lucas Brothers Inc., Morganville, for $3,347,460.62. The project cost will be 100 percent funded by federal aid.

The contractor will have 350 calendar days to complete the construction.

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