One Day Closing of Corsons Inlet Bridge to Start Rail Replacement Project
Cape May County House – County Engineer Dale Foster announced that the Ocean Drive Bridge over Corsons Inlet will be closed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, September 12, 2011 to make final preparations for the rail replacement project.
The bridge will be closed to allow the contractor, Thomas Barry Marine Construction, Inc., to install concrete construction barrier curbs and a portable traffic signal system. When the bridge reopens, traffic will be restricted to one lane with a barrier curb separating vehicles from the work area.
Foster said, “The purpose of the bridge closure is to allow for the placing of the concrete construction barrier curbs along the centerline of the bridge without having to maneuver around vehicles. The curbs are awkward to handle because they are 20 feet long and weigh 8,000 pounds per section.”
The construction is divided into four phases in order to maintain traffic on the bridge. The first phase starts in the southbound lane at the toll booth and ends at the south end of the bridge in Strathmere. The second phase is the northbound lane from the south end of the bridge in Strathmere to the toll booth. The last two phases involve the northern portion of the bridge.
On April 13, 2011 the Cape May County Bridge Commission awarded Thomas Barry Marine Construction, Inc. of South Dennis, New Jersey, a $2,293,510 construction contract to replace the bridge railings. The company has been working all summer preparing for the start of construction.
All work is scheduled to be complete by Memorial Day weekend 2012. The Cape May County Bridge Commission will suspend the collection of tolls at the bridge beginning September 12th until the project nears completion.