Tuesday in Middletown and Rumson, get a glimpse of plans in progress for the eventual replacement of the Oceanic Bridge between the two communities.

Oceanic Bridge (Monmouth County)

Open information sessions take place at Rumson's Bingham Hall, 40 Bingham Avenue, 2 to 4 PM; and in the Middletown Public Library, 6 to 8 PM. Each session includes a brief presentation.

Monmouth County officials host the meetings, in cooperation with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, the New Jersey Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.

Technically known as S-31, the span reaches across the Navesink River to connect the two communities, linking Bingham Avenue with Locust Point Road along County Route 8A.

It's Monmouth's longest bridge, standing for the past 77 years. It replaced a drawbridge that opened in 1891.

Attendees will be given an assessment of the bridge's condition, and will be encouraged to offer constructive comment regarding what they'd like to see included in the plan.

Estimates for replacement have run as high as $100,000,000. Construction would not be scheduled until some time after 2020.

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