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Midstreams Bridge Reopening Looks Doubtful During Construction

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A vehicle traverses the Midstreams Bridge in Brick. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
A vehicle traverses the Midstreams Bridge in Brick. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

A bridge that has been closed in Brick since a county contractor began replacing it earlier this fall is no closer to opening back up, officials said.

The Midstreams Road bridge, which connects to Princeton Avenue, was closed in October for a replacement project. One lane was supposed to remain open during construction, but crews that began removing the first part of the span for replacement noticed there was nothing holding the bridge in place aside from its own weight, according to Mayor John Ducey.

“The engineer has to go back to the freeholders and request more money so a support system can be built,” Ducey said Tuesday night.

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Whether the county freeholder board would be willing to pay to reopen the lanes during the year-long construction project is unknown. Councilman Paul Mummolo, a Princeton Avenue resident, said a call placed to Freeholder Jack Kelly was not returned.

Businesses along Princeton Avenue, without the artery from the northern portion of town feeding traffic, have been feeling the pinch.

“As of now, we have a whole bunch of businesses on Princeton Avenue that are being impacted,” Ducey said.

One business owner said sales were down as much as 30 percent since the closure, he added.


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  • ThatGuy

    I truly doubt the all repub freeholders are going to help the dems of Brick town. I

    • Andy Pat

      That is truly a sad commentary on the repub freeholders. Princeton Ave is a county road, the bridge is a county bridge, and all the people of Brick (including many Repub donors along Princeton Ave) are the freeholders’ constituents.

      • 205167117

        My guess is anyone with money on Princeton is enjoying the decrease in traffic.

      • KaayC

        Those big ole McMansions next to shuga shacks lol

      • ThatGuy

        It similar to how the Jews of Lakewood only support other Jews. Thats how politics works Andy. Pull your head out of your ass.

        Maybe you should go to a freeholder meeting and use your special version of liberal angst to guilt them into helping Brick.

        Amazing how you support Lakewood playing the same games your guilting the OC freeholders over.

        Your just a liberal hypocrite.

      • Andy Pat

        In addition to your original comment being sad, your reply is sad, pathetic, insulting and ignorant. I am unsure why I respond to you at all.

      • ThatGuy

        What is sad or even untrue, my dear Andy?

      • Andy Pat

        The sad part is: you seem accepting of some corruption in politics as “Thats how politics works Andy. Pull your head out of your ass.”, yet you moan about Lakewood.
        The untrue part is: I do not support the way Lakewood is managed. But I do realize that democratically elected individuals sometimes wander outside the guardrails of morality and even the law (ie Trump) who then must be held responsible by the voters or law enforcement. I feel the same about Lakewood.

      • ThatGuy

        Your a liberal idiot and I keep smacking you down like the bitch you are. Should we just ignore the corruption or accept that its there and rally against it.

        Am I the only one thats sad, or is every journalist that points out corruption also sad?

        Im clearly not the only one that believe the systems is corrupt, so are all of us deserving of your angst, or are you directing it just at me?

        Your a timid pussy, your afraid of conflict and youd rather try to justify what the Jews of Lakewood are doing rather than actually take a stand.

        Your Jewish friends in Lakewood have been corrupt for some time, when are you going start demanding them to play by the rules.

        Odd how you make excuses bc of religion, yet complain about everyone else doing the same thing the Jews are doing.

        Why are the games the OC freeholders are playing worse than the games the Jews of Lakewood are playing?

        The freeholders and making the town wait on a bridge repair, the Jews are stealing education from the underprivileged.

        Are you sure your moral outrage is directed at the right people?

        Please enlighten me.

      • Andy Pat

        Enlightening you would take a lifetime!

      • ThatGuy

        Why do you think your better than everyone and that you need to enlighten us?

        What makes you so special?

        Where does your arrogance come from?

        What have you accomplished in your life that allows you to look down on others?

        Are you willing to also enlighten the Jews on how not to steal from the minorities of Lakewood? Or are you too much of a pussy to engage them in discussion?

        Changing your hypocritical liberal views would take a life time, but thankfully your a baby boomer and will be dead soon.

      • Andy Pat

        I do not feel a need to enlighten you at all. It would be a waste of breath since you know it all already. I believe YOU asked to be enlightened (please see your own post above). Meanwhile, your condescending statements, along with your juvenile name calling, coupled with your death wish all show your smallness of character. I know you will reply since you think that he who speaks last or loudest or most crudely is right. However, that is not how it works. But as a conversation, we are done.

      • Andy Pat

        Also, please tell me, do you regularly use pussy and bitch when you disagree with friends, family, coworkers, your wife or daughter in person. Or are you just the big tuff guy in your online persona?? Get a friggin’ grip dude!

      • ThatGuy

        Basically I talk like that all the time, I just amp it up bc I can tell yor a sensitive pussy that is easily triggered. So yes, if you acted like a man, I wouldn’t call you a bitch as much. But thats not really something your capable of.

      • Andy Pat

        So you think talking tough and calling people pussy from behind an online persona is what a “real man” like you does? You have a lot of growing up to do. But I won’t hold my breath.

      • Bill Clinton is a Rapist!

        Youre the one that always says Scarpelli was a good mayor and would easy win election if he ran again.
        Youre willing to accept corruption if it is committed by one of youre dems.

      • Andy Pat

        I stand by my statement but did not say I would vote for him. I would not.

      • Bill Clinton is a Rapist!

        What law has Trump wandered from?

      • Andy Pat

        Last I checked “grabbing women by their pussy” is against the law. Stay tuned and the Special Counsel will further illuminate his wanderings outside the law (both financial and against the interests of our country)

      • Bill Clinton is a Rapist!

        Finish his quote. “ if you’re famous, they let you do it”.
        No crime if they let you do it.
        Bill Clinton likes to stick cigars in 19 year old interns. It’s not a crime if she let him do it.

      • Andy Pat

        Just a little odd and hypocritical to take one sexual assaulter at his word despite some 20 odd individuals coming forward in the last year to give first person testimonials to the contrary. But please expand on that consensual event of 2 decades ago. Monica Never claimed non-consent.

      • Bill Clinton is a Rapist!

        Juanita Broderick has publicly maintained that Bill Clinton forcibly raped her. Bill Clinton has admitted to and settled a sexual harrassment lawsuit for $750,000.00 with .
        Trump has never been accused of rape or sexual assault, and he has never admitted to or made a settlement to any woman accusing him of harassment.

      • Andy Pat

        His own wife (I believe it was the 1st of 3) accused him of Rape!

      • Bill Clinton is a Rapist!

        In a divorce case. Gee , wives dont lie in divorce cases. He denied it and she changed her story.
        Look, I don’t know if he ever did or didn’t rape or assault anyone.
        I am just saying he has denied everything and nothing has ever been proven or settled.

      • 205167117

        “During a deposition given by me in connection with my matrimonial case, I stated that my husband had raped me. I referred to this as a ‘rape,’ but I do not want my words to be interpreted in a literal or criminal sense.”

        Ivana Trump

      • Andy Pat

        Gee-He denied everything. Except the boast on the hot mic-duh! Oh yeah, billionaires never pay off women to change their story either.

      • 205167117

        His first wife accused him of rape in their original divorce. Almost 20 women have accused him of sexual assault.

        He’s claimed innocence in every case he’s ever eventually settled. Keep in mind many settlements are never brought to light because that’s the reason for settling.

        I try to avoid this topic but someone who cares so much about the issue in regards to Clinton should definitely be aware of the issues with Trump.

      • Bill Clinton is a Rapist!

        Name one case he settled.

      • 205167117

        That wasn’t in reference to the sexual assault accusations. I should have been more clear. I’m saying all the cases as in the fake university, the labor settlement as well as all the settlements his campaign did and I’m sure many more I’m unaware of.

        What I’m saying is he claimed innocence with all of those and then settled. It shows his claim of innocence with anything can’t be taken at it’s word.

        I’m curious why you accept the word of Clinton’s accuser and not these women? I really didn’t want to have this discussion and I’ve never said anything about your name but to advertise that and not acknowledge that Trump is cut from the same cloth isn’t fair.

        Taking this stance suggests your screen name is more aimed against Democrats instead of against rapists.

      • Bill Clinton is a Rapist!

        I change screen names every few months to keep with current events. but my posts remain. My current name reflects a counter to the accusations against Trump, the Alabama judge, and the multitudes of accused celebrities in the news lately. Bill Clinton has seemed to have gotten a pass and so has Hillary as his enabler and protector.
        My screen name was used as an agitator and disrupting protest call during Clinton speeches and rallies in the past presidential election.
        Again for the last time, Clinton is an admitted and proven woman abuser, Trump is accused but as of yet, unproven.
        What Trump has bragged about may make him a jerk, but it doesnt make him a criminal.

      • 205167117

        I understand and frankly don’t disagree. What I’m saying is we’ve interacted before with no concern to the name so I’m trying to say it’s not just a Trump thing for me. It’s just about being fair and balanced.

        I’m with you in terms of the accusations and some of them being questionable with all the cases you mentioned. That leaves us all to make our own decisions and unfortunately I believe society is lazy which leads to many mimicking the views of those they trust. The problem is when those who are trusted aren’t acting in the public’s best interest.

        In regards to Trump with anything unfortunately he’s a proven liar. That’s a fact he’s bragged about on record. His book clearly points out to never concede you were wrong. It pushes to lie, cheat and steal your way to the top. This wasn’t a secret but I think many hoped those cutthroat tactics would help out country.

      • Mac

        At least in Lakewood one doesn’t have to wear a chastity belt to feel safe addressing the Freeholder’s dais.

      • ThatGuy

        You wear a money belt in Lakewood, thats how you get what you want.

      • Mac

        It’s still more sanitary to do business in Lakewood. Even though one still needs a money belt to do business with the infamous Vicari-studded Ocean County Freeholder Board of Semi-Stuffed, Semi-Alive Old White Former Jerry Mahoney Dummies and Dolls, one doesn’t have to put on a protective Trojan outfit to make the payment.

  • 205167117

    The deli across from Winward seems to be getting the worst of it. I’ve taken the ride just to stop in. It’s family owned and well maintained. Try to stop in for anything if you can. This is a long stretch for any business like that to lose most of its street traffic.

    • Bill Clinton is a Rapist!

      Its a local deli. No one makes a special trip from other side of river to go there.
      Windward tavern yes, local deli no.

      • 205167117

        Go meet Sunny and his family and you might. Maybe two birds with one stone for your trip to the Tavern. Their Sunday brunch is top notch.

      • KaayC

        The Windward Tavern has awful food.

      • Bill Clinton is a Rapist!

        I agree !

      • avgjoe

        wow 1st person Ive ever heard say that but considering your other comments not surprised .

      • KaayC

        Scroll to Bill’s comment. 3 generous stars on Yelp last I looked. Out of 6.

      • avgjoe

        Craigs was a hole with horrible service. But then others think Dominos is good pizza. While I havent eaten at Windward yet people I know who I usually agree with have said its good. Might be a personal preference like some people like Finns over Bubbakoos or Surf Taco while Ill go to Taco bell before Finns. looks like Bill is talking about Princeton Deli Not Windward

      • KaayC

        I suggest trying for real food: Via Veneto, Europa South, Koi, Half Moon Point, the Dockside are just a few suggestions.

      • Bill Clinton is a Rapist!

        Cedar Gate Inn was the best ever. Their home cooked style food and portions were far superior to either Craigs or Windward Taverns.
        The Cedar Gate Inn was one of the 5 pillars of the Brick Township local taverns and meeting places. The other 4 were the Arrowhead Inn, the Red Lion Inn, Walts Pine Inn, and Petersons Riviera Inn.

      • KaayC

        I liked it there too! And they had entertainment besides televisions. Thanks for remembering the name for me!

  • Jose

    Bring in the Army Corps of Engineers. They’ll have to bridge up and running in 4 hours

    • 205167117

      One lane would certainly help. Most would happily save time even if it was only in one direction. For example someone would travel towards Princeton in the AM and stop for breakfast at the deli and then go 88 home at the end of the day. Any traffic would help those businesses now.

    • KaayC

      We know you are, but what are we?

  • Surfrider

    Why did Ducey say their was gonna be a passage road when he knew there wasn’t any plans for one? Politics, cannot believe any one any more! And why a whole year to do maybe a 6 month project….unbeliefvable

    • 205167117

      The story is they didn’t determine it wouldn’t be able to stay open for a lane until after they started and found additional issues. It was open for traffic going towards Midstreams until they figured out the deeper problems.

      I’m surprised I haven’t seen people with watercraft on the west side of the bridge colmplaining about not being able to get east to the ocean especially if we’re talking about going to 2019.

      • KaayC

        Valid point

    • KaayC

      No money for leaf vacuums, no supermarkets, no money for bridges, no money for schools. Beginning to see a pattern here? All these cats came out of the bag after the election. Hmmmm

      • avgjoe

        YES Im beginning to see a pattern her YOU are totally clueless of how the world operates. Mid-stream is a COUNTY road Ducey is the Mayor of BRICK TOWNSHIP 2 completely different organizations. The town does not own supermarkets or the property where the empty stores are so the town cant do much more than it has & offered tax intensives & petition the companies to move into town. Now as for the leaf vacs I think the money saved in collecting leaves much more quickly & efficiently and maybe the town could look into buying a used truck or sharing with neighboring town (point?) & or county? Also hiring contractors to vac up the leaves like many towns do with snow plowing/removal. BTW Im NOT a fan of duecy & did not vote for him

      • KaayC

        “Now as for the leaf vacs I think the money saved in collecting leaves much more quickly & efficiently and maybe the town could look into buying a used truck or sharing …

        Your rudeness aside. Until you write comprehensively it is impossible to understand what you are trying to communicate,

        That being said, municipal and county governments have this in common: they are SUPPOSED to serve the people. The tail is wagging the dog here in Ocean County.

      • avgjoe

        oops sorry for the typo interrupted while typing several times. But common sense (ah see theres the problem) would suggest the “intelligent answer …. I think the money saved in collecting leaves much more quickly & efficiently WOULD OUTWEIGH THE COST and maybe the town could look into buying a used truck or sharing. …”

        as for whos in charge here in OC the COUNTY is in charge of the bridge the TOWN is in charge of leaf collection PRIVATE BUSINESS is in charge of supermarkets

      • KaayC

        Yes, and collectively they comprise a community. Clearly a sense of community is lacking with so many issues of late. The lack of cohesive communication and cooperation is apparent. I suggested in a prior post that the town look into inter-municipal sharing of services so on that score we are in agreement. Contrary to what you may believe, I was not born yesterday.

      • Mac

        Kneepad voters get the kneepad services they vote for, and deserve, year after year after year. That’s why Ocean County is blessed with all Gilmore, Vicari and Christie have to offer America: more inbred family sand fleas, home-grown under-the-boardwalk slug-fests and wash-away, exploited taxpayer insured, sand castles. And the only thing to look forward to is more of the same. So sad.

      • KaayC

        I agree, it IS a sad state in which we find ourselves. Clearly neither the RepublicRATS Nor the DemocRATS are the answer. Neither is the new opiate of the world – mass consumerism.

  • Jerseygal

    My concern is what if there is a fire on Princeton Ave? With the bridge closed, the fire trucks have to go the long way around. This is not safe

    • 205167117

      That’s a very interesting point I hadn’t considered but keep in mind there’s a firehouse across from Home Depot close to where Princeton and 88 West meet. I’d hope they routed the coverage because that’s much closer for the time being.

    • Bill Clinton is a Rapist!

      Thats been keeping me awake at night also. NOT !
      There is a firehouse on Beaverdam rd in Point Pleasant for the east end of Princeton and firehouse on Rt 88 for west end of Princeton ave.
      You can rest easy now.

      • avgjoe

        and lets not forget the fire house at the intersection of Jordan & Midstreams

      • Bill Clinton is a Rapist!

        Thats the point. That firehouse cant respond to Princeton ave with the bridge out of service unless it goes through Pt. Pleasant.

      • avgjoe

        the FD at laurelton circle can cover just like when the other dept is out on another call. Its not liek they havent figured this out yet…. wait this is NJ maybe not

  • Bill Clinton is a Rapist!

    I hope we are going to be able to jump, swim, crab and fish from the new bridge.

  • gin

    I knew there would be an excuse to raise the cost of the repair and also it shouldn’t take more than six months to do, i predict it will take years to finish and probably over 10 million$

  • KaayC

    Wish there were a supermarket ANYWHERE in the vacinity. It is getting waaaay beyond inconvenient to crowbar a parking spot anywhere near Shoprite. Now we can play in the Beaver Damn traffic to get to Point. This town is seriously beginning to bite.

    • KaayC

      I swear “Damn” was a Freudian-slip misspell lol Damn traffic!

  • avgjoe

    No one has addressed in any reports Ive read in any paper 1) wasnt this bridge worked on about 10 15 years ago? I seem to remember it being resurfaced & reworked it doesnt look that old. 2) with new “damage” discovered has anyone asked was this because of Sandy or the typical shyster corrupt NJ contractor? If so Why wasnt this caught by the county inspector & name the dirt bag contractor

    • 205167117

      If you go back to the original article it seems to suggest this is something stemming back to the original construction. It said once they started disconnecting one side that the bridge started to move. Something done long before Sandy and nothing that would have been discovered by a resurfacing.

  • Lord Trump, Westeros

    The existing bridge can be kept up by faith alone! we need to stop lining the pockets of democratic road fixers and the county government. light a candle, save the bridge!