Ocean County Press Release
BRICK TOWNSHIP - The new Midstreams Bridge, which crosses over Beaver Dam Creek in the township, was reopened to traffic this afternoon (Feb. 19).
"We are pleased to announce the new span is now open to motorists," said Ocean County Freeholder John P. Kelly and Freeholder Director Virginia E. Haines, co-chairs of the Ocean County Engineering Department.
The contractor, Midlantic Construction, Barnegat Township, striped the bridge in the morning allowing for the afternoon opening. Site work will continue in the area of the project until completion.
"This new bridge will be a safe span for both motorists and pedestrians," Kelly said.
Haines noted that it is a priority of the Freeholder Board to assure the more than 260 bridges and culverts throughout the County are improved and well maintained.
The new Midstreams Bridge is a 111 feet long single span structure consisting of adjacent precast/prestressed concrete box beams, supported on full height reinforced concrete abutments, founded on cast-in-place steel pipe piles and concrete footings.
The width of the new structure is 49 feet and includes a 40 feet curb-to-curb cart way along with a 6-foot wide sidewalk on the west side. The proposed bridge rail is a four-bar galvanized steel with cast-in-place concrete pylons. Included in the scope of the work was the extensive installation of steel sheet bulkheading, revised roadway profile and upgraded guide rail.
"This new structure will serve our motorists and pedestrians for years to come," Haines said.
The Midstreams Bridge was originally built in 1962. The existing timber piles and timber bulkhead substructure showed signs of advanced deterioration while the existing concrete pile caps exhibited delamination and moderate section loss. Additionally, the bridge deck width was substandard given the increased traffic volumes.
The bridge replacement work was expected to be completed by February 2019.