Ocean County Press Release
BRICK TOWNSHIP – The new Midstreams Bridge, which crosses over Beaver Dam Creek in the township, will be closed to traffic on April 22 for its final paving and striping.
"The span will be closed the one day so the contractor can complete the paving and final striping of the bridge," said Ocean County Engineer John Ernst. "We chose April 22 because area schools are closed and the traffic flow will be less."
Detours will be posted in the area.
Ernst said the contractor, Midlantic Construction, Barnegat Township, will also complete any additional site work on April 22.
The new Midstreams Bridge was reopened to traffic on Feb. 19.
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," said Ocean County Freeholder Director Virginia E. Haines, who serves as co-chair of the Ocean County Engineering Department with Freeholder Deputy Director John P. Kelly.
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.