Drivers heading through Monmouth County may want to start planning alternate routes if they head over the bridge along the Shark River.

The NJ DOT has announced maintenance repairs requiring temporary lane closures will resume on Monday, April 15 on the Route 71 Bridge over Shark River between Belmar and Avon by the Sea.

Work will begin at 7:00 a.m. Monday and continue for the next several weeks.

NJDOT’s contractor Agate Construction, is scheduled to close the left lane in each direction on the Route 71/Main Street moveable bridge between Belmar and Avon by the Sea to establish a center work zone for bridge maintenance repairs.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction, with northbound traffic using the shoulder as a travel lane.

At least one lane in each direction will be maintained during construction.

The drawbridge will remain operational for boat traffic and the sidewalks will remain open to pedestrians.

The work is expected to be completed before Memorial Day.

The maintenance work on the Route 71 Bridge over Shark River began last fall with work on the outside lanes and curbs.

The current work includes concrete deck and joint repairs, moveable bridge parts maintenance, crack sealing and waterproofing of the substructure, cleaning of the drainage scuppers and miscellaneous asphalt repairs.

Construction signs will provide advance notification to motorists of traffic pattern changes associated with the work.

The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors.

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