The Friends of the Oceanic Bridge Association feels strongly that a new bridge
— most likely the only practical alternative —
should be similar in architecture and height to the present bridge.
It cannot be identical because it must meet modern construction codes.
The new bridge should be a bascule bridge. This would allow passage of watercraft with no height restriction.
The overall costs of the high fixed bridge or a bascule bridge are roughly the same.
The County dows not consider the cost of a bridge attendant to be a significant deterrent to a low-profile bascule bridge.
There are serious drawbacks to the proposed 70-foot high fixed bridge:
A high fixed bridge will degrade the traditional character of the
Rumson and Middletown historic districts.
A high fixed bridge will adversely dominate the views from the Rumson
and Locust waterfronts, as well as from the Navesink River itself.
As a result, this bridge will lower the value of our homes
and businesses near the bridge.
In icy or snowy conditions, travel on the steep 6% grade is much more hazardous.
Cyclists, joggers and walkers will have a tough time crossing a high fixed bridge.
There are some drivers who cannot tolerate high bridges.