RUMSON – The Oceanic Bridge (S-31), spanning the Navesink River between Rumson and Middletown, is being readied to return April 1 to its normal operating schedule.
Weather permitting, bridge tenders will be trained on the opening and closing of the bridge’s bascule span tomorrow, Friday and Monday.
The bridge will be raised and lowered from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Monday for training purposes. Motorists and pedestrians should expect travel delays.
The training is being done in advance of the bridge returning to normal operation.
The normal operating season for the bridge is from April 1 to Dec. 31 when the bascule span opens to marine traffic on demand. From Jan. 1 to March 31, the bridge opens to marine traffic with 24-hour advance notification.
The Oceanic Bridge connects Bingham Avenue (CR-8) in Rumson to Locust Point Road (CR-8B) in Middletown; both are Monmouth County roads. The bridge is the largest of all 980 county-owned bridges and culverts, which are maintained by the Department of Public Works and Engineering.
The training is being conducted by East Coast Drawbridge, an affiliate of Drawbridge Services Inc., Pompano Beach, Fla., and overseen by the county’s Department of Public Works and Engineering.