The path of the new Hubbards Bridge between Middletown, on the left, and Red Bank is marked in yellow. (Click to enlarge)
Commuters who use the bridge connecting Red Bank and Middletown via West Front Street may want to come up with alternate plans.
Starting today, Monday, Monmouth County plans to subject Hubbard Avenue “and other roads on the Middletown side” of the span to intermittent lane closures between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., the county said in an announcement Monday morning.
The closures are part of the prep work for a four-month closure of the bridge that begins on January 2.
A coffer kept contractors dry while working below the surface of the Navesink River at the site of the new Hubbards Bridge under construction between Red Bank and Middletown Monday afternoon. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)
Monmouth County Engineer Joe Ettore traces the path of the planned walkway, which continues off the proposed new bridge (in yellow) and up a series of ramps along the the west side of the rail line to Shrewsbury Avenue. Below, an elevation rendering of the bridge. (Click to enlarge)
By JOHN T. WARD
Monmouth County officials say they have solved the daunting sidewalk-to-nowhere conundrum they faced in designing a new bridge to connect Red Bank and Middletown at West Front Street.
The fix? Create a walk-and-bike path that will bypass the narrow rail trestle on the Red Bank side, Monmouth County Engineer Joe Ettore said Wednesday.
In what was billed as a preview of a fuller public presentation to come in the spring, Monmouth County Engineer Joe Ettore told Red Bank’s mayor and council that the revised plan for the new Hubbards Bridge also calls for a construction timetable that will detour traffic around the span for just three or four months of the projected 18-to-24-month buildout.
And when it’s all done, the borough will end up with a new parcel of green space overlooking the upper Navesink River, he said.