BRIELLE - Deterioration of wood supports on the Glimmer Glass Bridge forces traffic detours between Brielle and Manasquan to remain in place for eight to 12 more weeks, according to Monmouth County officials.

Glimmer Glass Bridge (Monmouth County Public Information)
Glimmer Glass Bridge (Monmouth County Public Information)

The erosion, more advanced than was anticipated, was discovered during routine maintenance that began in early November, and led to the cancellation of the original reopening date of the 16th.

Monmouth engineers, and colleagues in the New Jersey Departments of Transportation and Environmental Protection, have collaborated on obtaining permits, and officials said that an emergency repair firm and underwater divers have been contracted.

Detour signs remain posted. Traffic between East Main Street and Fisk Avenue has easy access via Route 71.

The span, nearing 120 years of age, last underwent a lengthy closure in 2014-2015, following damage left behind by an overweight truck. That cost the county somewhere in the neighborhood of $1,500,000. At the time, Freeholder Tom Arnone said that the long-range plan was to replace the bridge, and the cost then was estimated at $20,000,000.

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