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Route 35 Cooper's Bridge Replacement Project

Monmouth County

Linking Technology and Tradition for Two Monmouth County Communities

Task Forces

Below are the accomplishments by each arm of the task force.

Congestion Relief Task Force

  • developed optional travel routes for motorists.
  • determined location of Variable Message Signs to notify motorists of bridge conditions.
  • established Traffic Operations local radio frequency to broadcast bridge conditions to motorists.
  • examined Garden State Parkway usage for trucks and motorists.
  • conducted meetings with major employers to discuss flex time, car pooling and shuttles.
  • examined use of Normandy Road.

Communication Network Task Force

  • created weekly FAX to notify community leaders of construction activities.
  • established project information lines at the NJDOT construction office and each municipal office.
  • identified issues and provided communication and connection to other Task Forces.

Traffic Control Task Force

  • created signage to improve local traffic flow local around the bridge construction area.
  • determined traffic signaling in the area to maximize safe traffic flow and minimize delay.
  • reviewed EMS protocol with Riverview Hospital, the Monmouth County Association of First Aid Squads representative and with other local EMS providers.
  • developed a traffic control plan with state and local police coordination during the lane reduction.
  • established towing contracts to effectively remove any vehicles which may cause traffic impacts.
  • coordinated signal and intersection work to minimize traffic impacts in area of the bridge.
  • met with local Bridge Street property owners to determine traffic flow options during lane reduction.

Public Information/Awareness Task Force

  • held a press conference with both Mayors to inform communities of bridge replacement project.
  • created display boards of bridge renderings for use at each municipal hall.
  • created Connections Newsletter to present bridge information and answer project questions.
  • determined distribution locations and organizations for the newsletter and future materials.
  • compiled list of special events and potential impact due to bridge replacement activities.
  • developed web site to inform motorists and general public about the project.
  • created "Guide to Getting Around during Construction of the Route 35 Bridge."
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