WARETOWN, NJ – Those travelling in Ocean Township itself, or from Barnegat or Lacey Township will want to know about this upcoming road project. According to Ocean Township Deputy Mayor Ken Baulderstone, the Ocean County Engineering are set to start replacement of the Main Street Bridge.  Detour signs are already in place.

“The bridge will be closed starting Monday, December 2, 2019,” said Baulderstone. “Main Street will be closed at Pennsylvania Avenue, and on the other side of the bridge at Birdsall Street.”

Baulderstone cautioned drivers to use extreme care when making a left turn from Birdsall Street.

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Authorities estimate the named portions of the road will be closed for at least three months. However, the weather could play a factor in a longer shut down if it causes work delays.

While Route 9 is Main Street in both Barnegat and Lacey Township, the same is not true within Ocean Township.  Old Main Street is County Road 613, and the Main Street Bridge structure extends over the Waretown Creek.

Other bridge work done within the community was part of a federally funded project taken on by the State of New Jersey, as it dealt with Route 9, a state roadway. The replacement of the Route 9 Bridge over the Waretown Creek was completed in the beginning of October.

Although Old Main Street runs parallel to Route 9, replacement of the Main Street Bridge should not impact traffic as drastically as the replacement to the Route 9 Bridge.  When the State announced the latter project, they estimated that an average of over 19K vehicles used that particularly section of the road on a daily basis.

According to Ocean County records, Earle Asphalt Company was awarded the contract to do the replacement of the Main Street Bridge on September 18, 2019. This is the same contractor who did the work to replace the Route 9 Bridge.