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Oceanic Bridge Open Now For 9 Days

Emergency closure ended Saturday afternoon

After Monmouth County engineers examined the problem and were able to ensure safety to motorists after a Thursday morning mudslide onto the road before the Oceanic Bridge, the span was again open to traffic on late Saturday afternoon — until Jan. 7.

On Jan. 7, the bridge will close again for an estimated three weeks to add upgraded equipment and new gates, or safety updates, according to county officials.

The update installation, officials said, had been pending for some time.

Officials also stressed that the emergency closure caused by what they deemed a "slope failure" on the banks of the Navesink on the bridge's Middletown side had nothing to do with the pending Jan. 7 closure or the bridge itself, only the land above it.

Paul Sully December 30, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Still no one is addressing who's paying for their mistake. Willoughby's most pay for clear cutting the slope!!
LN December 30, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Elaine, thanks for the reporting. There is nothing more aggravating than suddendly finding out that bridge is closed! It's a lonnnnngggg way around. I, for one, appreciate the information. Thank you and please keep up the good work!
Elaine Van Develde (Editor) December 31, 2012 at 12:37 AM
No problem. As soon as I find something out, I share it asap. I feel your pain. ;)
D.S. December 31, 2012 at 05:13 PM
The Wilby's had no trees on the slope. Everyone should get their facts straight before blaming the incorrect party.
B.W. December 31, 2012 at 10:54 PM
I would like to set the record straight about the supposed "clear cutting" of the embankment leading to the oceanic bridge. 1) there was no embankment failure on the Wilby's property. 2) prior to closing on the purchase of the house at 946 NRR the Wilby's removed 5 trees, all of which were required by the township to be removed, in order to replace their septic system (also required by the township prior to closing on the purchase). 3) Only one tree even touched the upper part of the Wilby's embankment (required removal for crane access to the yard for septic replacement), and the root system and part of the trunk was left intact. 4) These trees were only removed after considerable opposition from the Wilby's to removing any trees, and these 5 were allowed as the least damaging solution to the township required septic replacement. A check of township records will confirm these facts.
Alice McKenny December 31, 2012 at 10:58 PM
This is a freakin joke Someone should be fired over this.
davem January 06, 2013 at 02:12 PM
The trees in question were on a property adjacent to the Wilbys which is owned by Annarella.
Fred A. Blumberg January 06, 2013 at 11:01 PM
Sorry was given wrong map information, apology below...
Fred A. Blumberg January 06, 2013 at 11:11 PM
Sorry, for using incorrect information, my source has been reprimanded and I apologize sincerely for looking at the tax maps incorrectly... apparently it was the wilby's neighbors who were responsible for the tree situation.

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