BELMAR, NJ — The Ocean Avenue bridge between Belmar and Avon-by-the-Sea has opened to vehicles and pedestrians a month ahead of schedule.

Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas Arnone announced on April 6 that emergency repairs to the 84-year-old bridge have been completed by Cornell & Co., which started the work on January 20. The Woodbury-based contractor was awarded a $494,000 to complete the project, which involved replacing deteriorating steel pinions that support the movable span over the Shark River Inlet.

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“I would like to thank both the contractor, Cornell & Co., and our Public Works and Engineering staff for another job well done and opening an important transportation connector between the boroughs of Avon-by-the-Sea and Belmar,” said Arnone in a Facebook post.

Arnone, who serves as liaison to the county Public Works and Engineering Departments, previously said that the impact of past hurricanes on the state’s shoreline, including Sandy in 2012 and Irene in 2011, has contributed to the bridge’s decline — and the need for the emergency repairs, which were discovered last fall during a routine inspection.

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