The Oceanic Bridge (S-31), the span that connects Rumson and Middletown over the Navesink River, will close for repairs at 6:00 am on Tuesday morning May 26 and remain closed until the estimated completion date of June 12, according to Monmouth County Freeholder Tom Arnone, liason to the Department of Public Works and Engineering.
The current repair project of the bridge was stated on February 9th and was scheduled to be completed by April 15th. However, in late April, Arnone announced that while work was being done it was discovered that two of the bridge’s four main bearings need to be repaired. The bearings are part of the mechanism that supports the bascule and flanking spans on the bridge approaches. The bearings were inaccessible at the beginning of the project.
The bridge was closed overnight, 10:30 p.m. through 6:30 a.m. during the week for the last two weeks and was open throughout the Memorial Day weekend to accommodate holiday traffic.
George Harms Construction Co. of Howell will be working 24/7 in two 12 hour shifts starting at 6:00 am Tuesday in order to complete the repairs by June 12.