Monmouth County retained FPA through their 2015 on call professional engineering services contract to perform a detailed inspection of the timber substructure of a 90’ four span prestressed concrete bridge with timber substructure known as County Bridge HL-8 on Havens Bridge Road over the Manasquan River in Township of Howell. The inspection confirmed the significant deterioration and reduced load carrying capacity of the timber pier piles that warranted closure of the bridge and detouring of vehicular traffic. On May 11, 2015, prior to implementation of the plan developed to repair damaged piles and underpin the bridge piers with pull down micro-piles a failure occurred at one of the three bridge piers causing a partial collapse of the bridge deck system. NJDEP approved an in kind replacement of the bridge on an emergency basis on the condition that the necessary regulatory permit applications and fees would be submitted while bridge was being replaced.
FPA prepared emergency bid documents utilized by the County to solicit three proposals on May 17, 2015 to perform the necessary work on an emergency basis. Sixteen days after the bridge collapse an emergency purchase order was approved to begin bridge replacement. On June 1, 2015 a preconstruction meeting was held between the George Harms Construction (GHC), Monmouth County and FPA to advance the bridge design/build. FPA worked closely with the County and contractor to complete the project and reopen Havens Bridge Road to traffic on October 15, 2015.