Garden State Parkway work continues all weekend after bridge hit by equipment
MIDDLETOWN — All lanes of the Garden State Parkway will be open on Monday morning following repairs to an overpass that was hit by a back hoe.
The back hoe was being hauled by a trailer on Middletown-Lincroft Road on Thursday afternoon when it slammed into the overpass just north of Exit 109. The right lane of the northbound local lanes between Exits 109 and 114 were closed during Friday morning's commute, causing delays.
Turnpike Authority spokesman Thomas Feeney said there was concern the lane would stay closed for an extended period of time. That fear was alleviated after engineers got a closer look at the damage on Friday.
Temporary beams will be installed over the weekend to shore up the bridge to allow the right lane to reopen for Monday morning's commute.
"The permanent fix involves building a new bridge deck with the beams built right into it, fabricated off site and installed during a future weekend," Feeney said.
Feeney said Middletown-Lincroft Road will be closed while repairs are made on the overpass.
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