Repairs to close bridge over Ocean Avenue until late May

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BELMAR — The Ocean Avenue Bridge connecting Belmar and Avon-By-The-Sea will close for extensive repairs beginning later this month, in a joint project by Monmouth County and both boroughs that is not expected to be completed until May.

The project was announced by  Freehold Director Tom Arnone on Saturday, during Belmar’s 2020 reorganization meeting.  

“There is going to be a lot of infrastructure that is going to be replaced underneath there,”  Mr. Arnone said of the bridge, “so I will be speaking to the mayor and the council in Avon [as well] because there is going to be some disruption there.”

Belmar officials followed up on Tuesday with additional details on the project, saying that the bridge is expected to close in two weeks and remain closed until well into May.

According to Borough Administrator Edward D. Kirschenbaum Sr., the borough will meet with the county to discuss a detour. He added during the meeting that the bridge was in such despair and the steel pinions were in “bad shape.”

“This is an emergency job and that’s why they are doing it,” he added. “If they could have done it piecemeal they would have done that because that is what the thought process was early on but when they actually found what was wrong with it they had to move on quickly.”

According to a statement released by the county, repairs will begin once a contract is awarded for the project. 

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