Morris Boulevard Bridge Project Public Meeting Dec. 13

Nov 28, 2018

Earlier this month, residents living within 500 feet of the Morris Boulevard bridge in the Beach Haven West section of Stafford Township received a letter from the county engineer regarding plans to replace the bridge and invite them to attend a public meeting on the matter. The meeting is slated for 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13, in the council meeting room at the municipal complex on East Bay Avenue, according to the Nov. 19 letter signed by John Ernst, Ocean County engineer.

In October, Ernst said the project to replace the bridge leading from Beach Haven West to just west of the base of the Causeway to Long Beach Island has been in the works for more than a year. The project is slated to go out to bid either this year or early in the new year with a fall 2019 start date, he said.

Proposed plans call for expanding the width of the bridge and matching or raising the under clearance, he said. Expanding the width of the bridge falls to the rights-of-way and doesn’t necessitate purchasing land from area homeowners or eminent domain.

Ernst said his department sets its sights on bridges throughout the county for possible repair or replacement annually, and this project has been on that list for several years. The projects are generally funded, at least partially, through monies from the state transportation fund, which the uptick in the state gas tax helps to endow.

The county has earmarked roughly $1.6 million from the fund for the work to replace the Morris Boulevard bridge. All of the permits for the work have been secured, Ernst said. G.G.S.

 

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