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County Says Sandy Delayed Seven Bridges Project in Little Silver

Demand on JCP&L following the storm delayed utility workers from getting to the Little Silver project.

It's almost starting to seem normal: the endless lines of traffic streaming along Prospect Avenue through downtown Little Silver when school lets out and having to loop well out of your way to get around town. That's probably a good thing, too, since Seven Bridges Road isn't expected to open until some time in mid-April after Hurricane Sandy caused delays to the project, the county said Monday.

“Following the storm, our contractor evaluated the situation at the bridge and reassessed the schedule,” County Engineer Joseph Ettore said. “However, after resuming work and upon reaching the point in the schedule where the foundation piles for the bridge abutments were to be installed, the electric to the bridge had to be de-energized.”

The demand on JCP&L following the storm delayed workers from getting to the Seven Bridges project until Dec. 7 to de-energize power lines, which allowed workers to continue to install the foundation piles, according to a release from the county.

"The County has worked with the contractor to accelerate the construction activities and develop a recovery schedule with the earliest possible road reopening date,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “The contractor has been asked to work weekends as part of the revised schedule. We are working to get the bridge reopened to traffic by mid-April.”

The project began in July and was expected to be completed in late January.

“I can assure you that we are doing everything reasonable to work with the contractor to reopen Seven Bridges Road at the earliest possible date,” Ettore said. “We apologize for the delay in reopening this important roadway in Little Silver and ask for the residents understanding as we continue to recover from the unprecedented storm.”

Susan January 08, 2013 at 01:36 PM
Please .... I miss this road (as I'm sure a lot of people do)
Mongooch Garibaldi January 08, 2013 at 02:00 PM
This is a joke,right ? It took less time to build the Verrazano bridge.
Rob Newland January 08, 2013 at 02:22 PM
I think they are using a Lego kit so this may explain the extended timeline.
HAK January 08, 2013 at 06:30 PM
Love these comments. Not to mention the logjam of traffic daily on Branch Avenue due to the traffic lights. Things moved better without the lights. Idling cars continue to pollute the air. :(
Thenews January 08, 2013 at 11:07 PM
Hazel Kelly, regardless of the traffic lights cars will continue to pollute the air driving through. Also there have been significantly less traffic accidents at branch & rumson and branch &white as a result of the new traffic lights. I remember it used to be extremely dangerous trying to make a left turn. But safety isnt a priority for all of the complainers because these lights have made the intersections safer.
Michael Fissell January 09, 2013 at 09:54 PM
Anyone notice that during the evening commute that people are cutting thru the A & P parking lot to avoid the traffic turning left from Church St. onto Prospect. I had a number of cars whiz by me while walking thru the lot only to see them go right for the traffic light at Markem and Prospect. Someone in the parking lots is going to be hit sooner or later.
flyerjon January 23, 2013 at 08:51 PM
rome was built in less time

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