The Ocean Avenue Shark River Bridge will be closed for emergency repairs within the next two weeks, Monmouth County officials have announced.

During a routine inspection of the bridge crews noticed deterioration of the steel pinions which support the bridge when it opens and closes.

The repairs are expected to be completed by the middle of May.

“We understand the inconvenience a closure of this duration represents to those who travel in and around the impacted communities, but the safety of our residents and visitors remains our top priority,” Monmouth County Freeholder Tom Arnone, liaison to the County’s Department of Public Works and Engineering, said. “We appreciate the patience of those who travel on the Bridge, as this reconstruction is completed, and will work to get it done as quickly as possible to ensure that the Bridge is fully operational in advance of the summer season.”

Arnone said that the bridge will allow limited marine traffic, but will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic as one of the bridge spans will remain fully open while the work is being performed.

Drivers and pedestrians should plan to use an alternate route during construction. Detour signs will be posted throughout the location.

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