The Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners has announced that the county has been awarded an additional $15.75 million for the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge construction project by the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority and the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
The additional funding will allow county officials to expedite the start of construction on the project, according to a press release from the county.
“I am happy to inform our taxpayers that the county has now been authorized federal funding to cover the construction ($107.5 million), construction inspection and administration ($7.2 million), and construction support services ($5.74 million) for a total of $120 million,” Commissioner Director Thomas A. Arnone said.
“This funding supplements the $10.9 million Monmouth County has already received for all the design and permitting work. The secured funding significantly reduces the overall cost of this project to our taxpayers, as Monmouth County anticipates only covering the non-participating items on this project at a cost of $58,200,” Arnone said.
Monmouth County officials awarded the construction contract to Richard E. Pierson Construction Co. Inc., of Pilesgrove, on May 27 in the amount of $107.54 million, according to the press release.
“The replacement of Bridge S-32 is a large, complex, movable bridge project that will rebuild a critical transportation connection over the Shrewsbury River, which also serves as part of an emergency evacuation route.
“Monmouth County expresses its appreciation to the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority and the New Jersey Department of Transportation for helping make it possible to deliver the replacement of Bridge S-32 as well as other vital transportation projects to the residents of the county,” Arnone said.
In total, Monmouth County maintains approximately 1,000 lane miles of roads, 980 bridges and culverts and 250 traffic signals and beacons, according to the press release.