FPA was retained by Monmouth County to advance the scoping documents prepared by this office through final design for Monmouth County Bridge S-17. The multi-span, 340-foot long bridge, which carries West Front Street (C.R. 10) over Swimming River from Middletown into downtown Red Bank was determined to be structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. This final design is being advanced in compliance with FHWA NEPA guidelines as a Categorical Exclusion. The project includes a comprehensive community outreach effort, and development of design plans based on the approved preferred alternative and obtaining Environmental approvals from NJDEP and the US Coast Guard as well as the NJDOT and FHWA. The final design involves the preparation of construction documents for a new bridge on adjacent parallel alignments in an effort to maintain traffic during construction; minimize impact to the surrounding towns during the summer season months and maintain the navigable waterway associated with the bridge. Critical project constraints include tidal wetland impacts, wetland mitigations, obtaining regulatory approvals, bridge aesthetics consistent with the historic nature of the adjacent community, and maintenance of traffic. The new 488-foot long steel girder bridge will consist of six (6) 80-foot spans supported on pile bents and pile supported abutments. Two signalized intersections are being upgraded along with improving the roadway profile, lighting and drainage through the limits of the project. Pedestrian activities are being improved with the construction of sidewalks along both sides of the bridge and upgrading all handicapped ramps to be compliant with current ADA requirements.
This project received the 2017 Distinguished Engineering Award from the New Jersey Alliance for Action.