Brielle provides Glimmer Glass Bridge work update

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BRIELLE — Mayor Tom Nicol provided an update on the timeline of the Glimmer Glass Bridge closure Monday night, stating that the county hopes to have the necessary parts for repair during the first two weeks in December.

“Monmouth County Engineer Joe Ettore has been in contact with me today and informed me that they’re having a new motor and new gear manufactured for the bridge on the Glimmer Glass,” Mr. Nicol said during the virtual mayor and council meeting.

Once the parts are received the county will begin installing the new gearbox and motor to see if they work properly. If successful, Mr. Nicol said the county will order backup parts for potential future issues.

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He added that the manufacturer “wouldn’t touch the existing gear and the existing motor because of their age.” Due to the bridge’s status on the state and national historic registers, the county is also in the process of informing both agencies of the situation.

Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas Arnone said, in a press release on Tuesday, “The County has been working diligently to conduct an in-depth investigation of the bridge failure and plans on having the bridge fully functional by mid-December.”

At the borough’s last meeting two weeks ago, officials passed a resolution putting pressure on the county to expedite the replacement of the Glimmer Glass Bridge. As of Monday night, Borough Administrator Tom Nolan said the county has not responded.

Manasquan officials are also considering the passage of a similar resolution at their next mayor and council meeting on Monday, Nov. 16.

The bridge has been closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic since Oct. 3, but remains open to marine traffic. Bridge operators remain on site 24/7 to ensure safe marine travel, according to the county.

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