As you probably know, the Oceanic Bridge connecting Rumson with Middletown,
has deteriorated to the point where it must soon be replaced. I would like
to enlist your support for a replacement structure that preserves the many
fine qualities of the existing bridge.
We in this area have been fortunate that the Oceanic Bridge is a human-scale
structure that invites crossing by casual strollers as well as folks driving
around on local errands. From is gradual slopes and modest height above the
water to its historic architectural style, it is in keeping with the historic
districts it connects.
The reason we need your support is that the front-running alternative is a
70-foot high non-opening structure much like bridges over commercial waterways
in South Jersey. The gederal government, who will fund the project, prefers such bridges.
We need your help in convincing them that we have a special case: one where preserving property
values, historic character and a pleasant bridge-crossing experience
outweigh their preference for non-opening bridges.
I'm hoping you will agree that the replacement should be another bascule bridge of similar
architecture and height that meets modern construction codes. Such a bridge is already an
alternative. The county-borne estimated cost of operating an opening bridge is $10.65 million
over 75 years (before a recent plan to reduce bridge-tender hours). But the federally-borne
estimated cost of construction and 75 years of maintenance is lower,
— $47 vs. $49.5 million.*
Please lend your support.
__________ *Monmouth County S-31 Bridge Scoping Study, June 2004, www.visitmonmouth.com/eng/,
Draft Summary Matrix. Slide 26.