By SUE MORGAN
The stroke of a state official’s pen has Sea Bright officials on edge about who or what is behind the imminent reconstruction of the 75-year-old Highlands Bridge.
Allegations of official misconduct leveled earlier this month against a 22-year state Department of Transportation employee in connection with the sale of land near the Route 36 drawbridge prompted Mayor Maria Fernandes to ask Gov. Jon Corzine and Attorney General Anne Milgram for an independent investigation into the pending reconstruction plan earlier this week.
With the request, Fernandes joins Congressman Frank Pallone in demanding a probe, as reported in this week’s Hub.
Even as the Monmouth County Prosecutors Office continues to investigate allegations that the accused official, James J. Duffy, falsified documents authorizing the sale of land on the Highlands side of the span, Fernandes and other Sea Bright officials called for the state to stop the ongoing construction until their concerns are completely addressed.