JACKSON-WORK WILL BEGIN this summer on a new Grawton Road Bridge in Jackson Township.
The Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders is expected to award a $1.6 million contract to Marbo, Inc. for the new span.
The new bridge will be a 12-foot-long long span with a precast concrete culvert and concrete wing walls. The structure will be built on steel-pipe piles with concrete footings.
The new span replaces an aging wood structure built in 1936 that carries traffic over the Dove Mill Branch of the Toms River.
“We are constantly monitoring our roads and bridges to ensure that we have the safest possible road network here in Ocean County,” said Freeholder Jack Kelly, who is also Director of Law and Public Safety.
The new bridge will be 36-feet wide with two 12-foot travel lanes and two 6-foot shoulders.
The old bridge was 30-feet wide.
A full detour around the bridge will be in place for the duration of the construction, which is expected to last about six months.
The project also includes the installation of state Department of Environmental Protection mandated terrestrial animal crossings on each side of the main culvert.