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October 2015

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This view is of the concrete superstructure for the new Manahawkin Bay Bridge. A temporary nest box has been constructed on the new bridge beams to provide a shelter for endangered peregrine falcons found nesting on the bridge during construction. This shelter provides a suitable setting for the falcons during the next major phase of construction which includes replacing the existing bridge's superstructure as part of Contract 4.

This view is of the fiberglass pipe piles that have been driven adjacent to the navigation channel for the new bridge's fender system. The fender system serves primarily as a navigational aid for vessel traffic by delineating the designated channel beneath the bridge. It is also designed to be robust enough to withstand an impact from an errant vessel, thereby protecting the concrete piers which support the bridge structure. After all the piles are installed to the appropriate depth (about 40 feet below ground), they will be filled with concrete for additional strength.

This view is of the temporary construction trestle which was installed two years ago. This structure was used to construct and gain access to the new Manahawkin Bay Bridge. The installation of the fender piles is the last activity that the working platform is needed for. Now that the easterly fender piles have been driven, the temporary access structure has begun to be removed and the steel support beams are once again exposed prior to their removal.

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