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Small projects yield big dividends

As a Department committed to prolonging New Jersey’s transportation legacy, NJDOT considers the preservation of historic bridges vital. In keeping with that philosophy, NJDOT has just awarded Cape May, Hunterdon, Monmouth and Warren counties $588,000 in grants under the Historic Bridge Preservation Program.

Every grant is essential to preserve a part of New Jersey’s transportation history. Monmouth County, for example, received $42,000 for The Glimmer Glass Bridge in Manasquan. Located in a marsh, the bridge facilitates traffic from Brielle Road over The Glimmer Glass, a tidal inlet of the Manasquan River. The structure is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.  
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The Glimmer Glass Bridge in Manasquan, Monmouth County has a rolling counterweight design built in 1898.

About 80 years old, the bridge bascule was designed, fabricated and stored in the 1920s, then inserted into an existing timber bridge over the Glimmer Glass in 1938. Although the timber components are deteriorating, this bridge is the only example of a late 19th century rolling counterweight single-leaf bascule bridge with a deck girder movable leaf in New Jersey and possibly the nation. To ensure the integrity of other historic bridges, NJDOT has also given grants for:

  • Ocean Drive Bridge over Great Channel, Stone Harbor Borough and Middle Township, Cape May County, $71,300.
  • County Bridge H-64-W over the Musconetcong River, Holland Pohatcong Township, Hunterdon County and Pohatcong Township, Warren County, $200,000.
  • County Bridge S-31 over the Navesink River, Middletown and Rumson Boroughs, Monmouth County, $135,000.
  • Truss bridge bearings and chords, various county bridges, Hunterdon County, $140,000
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