Ocean County has awarded a contract for one major road construction project in Brick and is soliciting bids for another – which will also improve roads in adjacent towns as well.
Duck Farm Bridge Replacement
When the county Board of Commissioners meets next week, the panel is expected to award a $4,106,036 contract to Rencor Inc., of Somerville, for the replacement of the Duck Farm Bridge, which carries Old Hooper Avenue over a small creek roughly between the Villa Vittoria restaurant and the Wine Shoppe store (photographs of the bridge appear above and below). The project is contingent on approval from the Department of Transportation.
According to updated information on the project from the county, the work will consist of the complete demolition of the existing single-span concrete and timber bridge, which is 30-feet long. It will be replaced with a single-barrel 28-foot span, made of precast concrete with a rigid frame founded on cast-in-place concrete footings. The bridge will be supported on cast-in-place piles.
The bridge will be replaced in two phases – half at a time – in order to maintain two-way traffic on Old Hooper during construction. The timeline for construction will be determined in the coming weeks, and will be announced using signage and through the police and/or sheriff’s departments.
More on the Duck Farm Bridge, including how it got its name, can be found in our previous story.
Road Repaving Projects
While the contract for the bridge replacement will be awarded next week, the board will solicit bids for a contract that will include several road repaving projects.
The project is already funded and will encompass 4.18 miles of roadway in three towns. The roads which will be repaved are:
- Jack Martin Boulevard, from Route 88 to Burrsville Road, Brick.
- Arnold Avenue and Ocean Avenue (in totality), Point Pleasant Beach.
- Fischer Boulevard, from Hooper Avenue to Shore Boulevard, Toms River.
The projects are expected to be completed in the fall, before asphalt plants shut down for the cool weather season.