Broadway bridge needs repair, weight limit imposed

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An inspection by the county found the wooden pilings under the Richard E. Lane Bridge in Point Pleasant Beach are deteriorating and in need of repair. A three-ton weight limit has been imposed and once the project begins, traffic will be restricted to one lane. PHOTO BY MATTHEW SALVATORE

POINT PLEASANT BEACH — Traffic on the Richard E. Lane Bridge on Broadway will be reduced to one lane while emergency repairs are underway to repair the span’s deteriorating timber pilings.

Repairs to the bridge are expected to begin later this month when materials arrive. Primary repairs will take roughly a month to complete, according to officials.

These will be followed by a three-month-long second phase of repairs. During all repairs the bridge will be down to one lane of traffic.

After a routine inspection by the county revealed the condition of the structure, a weight limit was also placed on the heavily-trafficked bridge.

“It was part of the routine biannual inspection and because this bridge has pilings in the water, the underwater investigation was warranted and that was added to the typical routine of the bridge,” John Ernst, Ocean County engineer, said.

According to Mr. Ernst, the $281,772 project will begin in a few weeks when materials arrive.

The county has contracted with Walker Diving Underwater Construction, of Hammonton, to make the repairs.

“They’re estimating that materials will take about three or so weeks to get here and then from there it will be another few weeks of work,” he said.

Currently, a weight limit of three tons, or 6,000 pounds, has been placed on the bridge, which restricts some emergency services vehicles, buses, trucks and even the borough’s trolley.

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