The North Jersey Coast Line rail bridge across the Navesink River is slated for $5 million worth of upgrades, mainly on its piers, the Asbury Park Press reports today.

From the story:

NJ Transit’s board of directors Wednesday approved a $5.191 contract with Midlantic Construction LLC of Manasquan to rehabilitate the bridge between Red Bank and Middletown.

The bridge carries 97 trains a day on weekdays, said Richard Sarles, NJ Transit’s executive director. The work is not expected to affect riders, he said.

“It’s work more on the (bridge) foundations than the superstructure,” Sarles said

The bridge was built in 1913 by the Central Railroad of New Jersey, and the work calls for rehabilitating the bridge foundations by repairing or replacing deteriorated concrete pier pedestals in the river, which support the steel girders of the bridge.

The project also will replace rusted steel parts, such as base plates, masonry plates on the concrete piers and anchor bolts.

The project is estimated to be completed in mid-February.

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