Bay Bridge Due for Facelift as Workers Begin Rehabilitation
Rehabilitation of the old Route 72 Manahawkin Bay Bridge is finally underway. George Harms Construction Co. of Howell, which received a $63 million contract for the work, has begun removing the surface of the bridge, exposing the girders.
According to state Department of Transportation officials, the enhancements to the old bridge will consist of pier cap rehabilitation; replacement of steel girders, deck slab and parapets; installation of a new fender system; and scour protection for the existing abutments.
At the completion of the final project in 2020, pedestrians will be able to cross the bridge via a 6-foot-wide sidewalk on the north side, which will include a safety barrier separating the walk from traffic. Thirteen-foot-wide bike paths that can be utilized for vehicular traffic during evacuations will also be included on the north and south sides of the rehabilitated bridge along with the new bridge that was completed this past spring. —K.A.E.