Mathis Bridge/Route 37 eastbound to reopen this week
One lane to be shifted back onto the bridge this week with all lanes open before Memorial Day
(Trenton) - New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced one lane of traffic will be shifted back onto the Mathis Bridge/Route 37 eastbound on Wednesday, as the bridge restoration nears completion in Ocean County. All three lanes will be restored in the next few weeks before Memorial Day and the start of the summer vacation season.
Starting at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 25, until 9 a.m. Thursday, April 26, NJDOT’s contractor Schiavone Construction Company, is scheduled to shift one lane of traffic back onto the Mathis Bridge/Route 37 eastbound. The traffic shift back onto the Mathis Bridge from the Tunney Bridge is expected to be completed by early Thursday morning.
While the Mathis Bridge was closed for construction, two lanes of traffic westbound and one lane eastbound were maintained on the Tunney Bridge, separated by a moveable barrier. Before reopening the remaining two lanes on the Mathis Bridge, the temporary crossover from Route 37 eastbound onto the Tunney Bridge must be removed. In the fall, there may be some minor punch list items that will be completed that should have little effect on traffic.
The eastbound Mathis Bridge and westbound Tunney Bridges are a pair of bridges carrying Route 37 over Barnegat Bay between Toms River and Seaside Heights. The Mathis Bridge, a mile-long double leaf bascule moveable span bridge completed in 1950, is the older of the two and was in need of repairs.
The $56.4 million federally-funded project replaced the existing bridge deck on the Mathis Bridge, which is 68 years old, made safety improvements to the barrier and railings, and repaired and replaced mechanical and electrical components that operate the moveable lift span. Construction was accomplished in three winter seasons so summer traffic would not be affected. During this final construction season, new warning gates and lights were installed, and new bridge approaches and the cast-in-place anchor spans were completed.
The construction cycle required a full closure of the Mathis Bridge, which was limited to November 1 to April 30 each year. During each of these construction cycles, summer traffic from approximately May 15 to September 15 was not affected with all three lanes on each bridge opened to traffic.
NJDOT created a project-specific website that contains a wealth of information about the project,and the Department carefully coordinated the project with local officials to minimize the effect to
residents and businesses.
The Department also has a Project Community Outreach Team that can be reached through theproject hotline telephone number, 732-230-7356, email, DOT-Route37Mathis.firstname.lastname@example.org, or project website. Anyone who has questions, concerns, or suggestions is encouraged to contactthe Project Community Outreach Team as work progresses.
NJDOT will be using Variable Message Signs to provide advance notification to motorists of trafficpattern changes associated with the work. The precise timing of the work is subject to change due
to weather or other factors.
Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT's traffic information website www.511nj.org for real-time travel information and for NJDOT news follow us on Twitter @NJDOT_info and on the NJDOT Facebook page.