ATLANTIC CITY — Construction on the North Ohio Avenue Bridge over Venice Lagoon, also known as the Second Bridge, recently began and is expected to last no more than two years, officials said on Wednesday Aug. 30.
Mayor Marty Small Sr. told Venice Park neighborhood residents that the bridge, built in 1969, would be replaced in stages.
“We expect this to be a smooth process that will be completed in a safe and timely manner,” said Small. “The Small Administration continues to demonstrate its commitment to the people of Venice Park. We got ‘First Bridge’ done, and now we’re going to do ‘Second Bridge’.”
In 2021, the city made emergency repairs to stabilize the bridge until it could be replaced. A single, alternating lane will always remain open during the construction.
Crews will work on one half the bridge, using alternative traffic signals to direct pedestrians and vehicles across the other half of the bridge, officials said. Meanwhile, traffic in the surrounding area will be detoured so that all traffic approaches the bridge head on. Alternate traffic signals and street detours are slated to begin in October.
Safety barriers will also be used to block off the half of the bridge where crews are working. But at no point should the bridge completely close, officials stressed.
French and Parrello Associates is the design engineer for the project. Construction management and inspection will be handled by Remington and Vernick Engineers. And the project contractor is South State Inc.
According to a prepared statement, the Second bridge currently features a seven span concrete deck with a steel girder superstructure on timber pile bents, that are deteriorating. This system will be replaced with a five span prestressed concrete voided slab superstructure with concrete filled steel pipes, officials said.
When the bridge reopens it will also include a new bike lane.
“There will be a lot of moving parts, and we’ll need all of the neighborhood’s cooperation to get this project in and out,” Small said.
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