Midstreams Bridge opens up to traffic in Brick
The new Midstreams Bridge, which crosses over Beaver Dam Creek in Brick, was reopened to traffic on Tuesday.
The contractor, Midlantic Construction, in Barnegat Township, will continue site work in the area of the project until it's completed.
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.
“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.
“This new bridge will be a safe span for both motorists and pedestrians,” Kelly said.
Haines said 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.
“This new structure will serve our motorists and pedestrians for years to come,” Haines said.
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.
County officials said in 2018 that the existing Midstreams bridge which has stood since 1962 at 131-feet long, 35-feet wide and covers the Beaver Dam Creek in Brick was built on the support of concrete pile caps founded on timber poles with timber bulkheading.
County officials said at the time that the existing timber piles and timber bulkhead substructure have showed signs of advanced deterioration while the existing concrete pile caps exhibited moderate section loss.
The bridge deck width is also substandard given the increased traffic volumes.
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