Repairs will close Main Street bridge for two months

Main Street bridge that connects the boroughs of Avon-By-The-Sea and Belmar. FILE PHOTO THE COAST STAR

BELMAR — Belmar Mayor Brian Magovern announced at Tuesday’s council meeting that the New Jersey Department of Transportation [DOT] will be closing the Main Street bridge beginning in September for two months.

The boroughs of Belmar and Avon-By-The-Sea plan to write a joint letter to the DOT explaining their displeasure with another bridge closure after a previous closure of the bridge for eight months that caused financial damage to businesses in the area.

The mayor said there is a list of things the DOT will be working on, one of them being guardrails.

Over the past several months, the DOT has pre- sented the plans to replace the current bridge in kind. Structural damage to the bridge, built in 1930, was sustained during Superstorm Sandy but was never fixed.

Borough Administrator Colleen Connolly said ac- cording to the DOT, these two projects are two separate initiatives.

A representative of the DOT said the Community and Constituents Relations Department is continuously in contact with the two boroughs to discuss any concerns.

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