THREE MIDDLETOWN BRIDGES SWAMPED

shadow-lakeRushing water from Shadow Lake left a gaping hole in Hubbard Avenue, above. Below, a truck fords flooding at the Poricy Pond culvert on Navesink River Road, site of a 2010 washout. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

nav-riv-rd-2Three Middletown bridges were overrun by floodwaters in Sunday’s storm, knocking at least two of them out of commission for the foreseeable future.

One of the three was the Navesink River Road culvert at Poricy Pond. This is the same culvert that Monmouth County had to close for rebuilding in 2010 after rushing storm flows undermined the roadway.

Its current condition wasn’t immediately known, but Middletown police have closed the bridge as impassable. In addition, there’s a fallen tree leaning on wires at that site.

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BRIDGES HEAD IN OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS

dscf22331101091Vehicles arriving onto the Sea Bright peninsula via the partially completed Route 36 bridge from Highlands over the weekend. (Photos by Dustin Racioppi)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Call it a tale of two bridges.

Over the Shrewsbury River, there’s progress. And not too far southwest, spanning the Navesink, there’s regression.

Not only can motorists see advances made on the new Route 36 bridge linking Sea Bright and Highlands, they can start taking advantage of the work from nearly two years of construction of the 65-foot high structure. A portion of the bridge opened to travelers on Friday.

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