The Route 88 bridge in Point Pleasant Borough. (Credit: Google Maps)
The Route 88 bridge in Point Pleasant Borough. (Credit: Google Maps)

State officials have announced a series of closures of the Route 88 bridge over the Point Pleasant Canal next week due to replacement of the steel bulkhead that lines the banks of the canal.

The start of the project will be “sometime during the week of January 25th, 2016,” borough officials said in a statement.

The state requires that closures be done at night, and the contractor replacing the bulkhead anticipates a minimum of five nightly closures. The work is subject to weather and tides, therefore there is no set schedule.

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Traffic over the Route 88 bridge will be detoured to the Lovelandtown Bridge, on Bridge Avenue. Sign boards will be deployed on each side of the Route 88 bridge advising motorists of the closures and detours to follow. Nightly closures will occur between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

The following detours will be in place during the closures, according to Point Pleasant Borough:
• Route 88 eastbound motorists will take Beaver Dam Road (CR 630) to Bridge Avenue east to Bay Avenue to Route 88 eastbound.
• Route 88 westbound motorists will take Bay Avenue to Bridge Avenue west to Beaver Dam Road to Route 88 westbound.