Friday, February 15, 2013
Completion of safety upgrades led to bridge opening ahead of schedule.
The bridge that connects Sea Bright and Rumson reopened to all vehicle traffic on Friday at 11 a.m., according to Monmouth County spokesperson Laura Kirkpatrick. Safety upgrades were completed ahead of schedule, Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone said in a statement on the county's Web site.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
The bridge replacement could be a decade away, county officials stress
It could be as far as a decade away, yet the prospect of replacing the ailing 62-year-old Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge has people poised for and bucking some of the changes it may bring. Area residents were out in force last week at the Rumson public forum at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School on the years-away project now in what's been deemed its conceptual development phase. A preferred plan out of roughly a dozen drafts has surfaced. It's a melding of what were deemed the top two proposals at a meeting of stakeholders in June. The plan would, essentially, call for a realigned similarly designed drawbridge with four lanes rather than the existing two, increased and beautified walking paths and islands, a cul-de-sac, a smaller park (or …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
The schedule has been revised to keep the bridge open on weekends.
The official word is out on the schedule of the pending Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge closure. After review of the potential ill effects of Hurricane Sandy-recovering Sea Bright and myriad public objections raised, Monmouth County officials have revised the closure schedule for the upgrade the safety systems on the bridge, closing it on weekdays starting Jan. 28, but reopening it to accommodate weekend traffic, a county release said. “At the request of local businesses and the governing body, the county will has modified the closure schedule,” said freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone, liaison to the county’s Department of Public Works and Engineering. “It is important that businesses that are open get the support that they need; however, it …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Word came to Woody's owner and Sea Bright Rising founder, Chris Wood, from Freeholder Director Thomas Arnone that the bridge will be open on weekends.
On the eve of his restaurant re-opening, faced with the oxymoronic joy of post-Hurricane Sandy progress and pain of a pending Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge closing, Woody's Ocean Grille's Chris Wood got some great news — he was told the compromise he'd rallied for in staggering the bridge's closing days was coming. And, as of Wednesday morning, when Wood said he got the confirmation call he had been waiting for from Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas Arnone, that compromise became a reality. That compromise, he said, looks like it's going to call for the bridge that funnels traffic in and out of Sea Bright to still close on weekdays starting "on or about Jan. 28," but to be open on weekends, or Friday nights through Sundays, and closed …
The forums to gauge public input on the years-from-now bridge replacement will be held in Sea Bright and Rumson.
Today's public forums on the years-down-the-road replacement of the failing Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge have nothing to do with the looming weeks-long closure for some Sandy-wrought and security repairs. Nonetheless, judging from comments all over the Woody's Ocean Grille and Sea Bright Rising Facebook page, plenty of people plan on showing up at one or the other forum to vent concerns over the immediately pending closure's prospective ill effects on a struggling-to-survive, Hurricane Sandy-afflicted Sea Bright. Conducted open house-style, one forum will take place in the afternoon, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Sea Bright Municipal Building, 1167 Ocean Ave.; and the other session is slated for 6 to 8 p.m. in the media room at Rumson-Fair Haven …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Woody's Ocean Grille is fifth business to open in Sea Bright; Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge closure pending for five days after opening.
As Chris Wood hustles to lighten and liven up a Hurricane Sandy-dimmed downtown Sea Bright with the re-opening of his restaurant, Woody's Ocean Grille, on Wednesday, his spirits have been daunted by the prospect of the looming Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge closure. With Monmouth County officials estimating that the bridge will be closed off to traffic for a few weeks starting "on or about Jan. 28," right after now-closed Oceanic Bridge is re-opened, it's like telling Wood that the lifeblood of a major artery in and out of town, to and from his and the only four other open Sea Bright businesses, is clotted. "This is killing me. It's knocking me and the other Sea Bright business that just got back on their feet down after reviving ourselves from …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Groups gathered to learn and offer input on plans for a replacement.
The stage is set to move forward with a revamp or replacement of the 60-year-old failing Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge, but plans are only conceptual proposals at this point and a price tag on the project is far from being set, officials said at a recent meeting. If all goes according to plan, though, needs could be assessed and pinpointed, estimates generated and federal funds freed for construction to start in 2016. Technically, the project is in what has been dubbed the concept development phase. As part of that phase, stakeholders sat down with state and county officials, architects, environmentalists and engineers at Holy Cross School in Rumson on Tuesday to gauge “draft concept” preferences from 10 different options. It was the second of …