Shark River Bascule Bridge
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Shark River Bascule Bridge

PROJECT BACKGROUND
The historic Route 35 bridge, constructed over the Shark River waterway in 1927, consisted of a draw mechanism to allow boat traffic to pass. Shark River serves as a major waterway for both charter fishing boats and leisure boaters traveling to and from the Atlantic Ocean. The constant disruption to those traveling on Route 35 caused by the draw bridge influenced the New Jersey Department of Transportation to construct a new bridge extending far above the river. This would also allow boats to travel without waiting for the bridge to draw open and close.

The project required Brandenburg to perform the total demolition of the bridge including the removal of the piers and pilings. Brandenburg removed all of the structural elements without allowing any demolition debris to enter the waterway. Bridge boxes and barges were utilized to meet the exacting contractual obligations to capture all demolition debris. The bridge was located between an active New Jersey Transit line and the newly constructed replacement bridge adding to the complexity of this removal project.

  • Completely removed all bridge structures and foundations
  • Prevented debris from entering waterway
  • Work was performed without disrupting the adjacent New Jersey Transit line
  • Provided a preventative barrier to capture any contaminates that may have entered the water in the work area
  • Work was performed around the construction company that was installing pilings for the new bridge structure
  • Work performed near the boat canal was halted during periods of boat passage and was monitored by the Coast Guard and Marine Police

  • Location:

  • Belmar, NJ
  • Scope Of Work:

  • Structure demolition
    Bridge demolition
    Site preparation
    Sheeting
    Rigging