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TELL US: What Do You Think of the New Bridge on Sweetmans Lane?

Do you think the new bridge is beautiful, or are you wondering why construction took so long?

Last month, Sweetmans Lane (Rt. 527) finally reopened to the public after being closed for approximately 16 months as Monmouth County engineers worked to replace the Millhurst dam and spillway and reconstruct the bridge over Manalapan Brook.

The bridge, originally constructed in 1953, was widened to meet current standards and the road was realigned to avoid disturbing the historic Millhurst Mills building, according to the Department of Transportation.

Beneath the bridge, the earthen embankment dam was widened in order to support the new road construction, the spillway walls were reinforced with concrete and a sidewalk was added, according to the DOT.

So, what do you think of the new bridge and dam? How about the newly refurbished exterior of Millhurst Mills?

TELL US IN THE COMMENTS!

cynthia moore March 05, 2012 at 12:27 PM
I think it looks beautiful as does the old Millhurst building. They were pretty much on schedule. I wish they would change the facade of Ace hardware and then I would be happy. cindy M. Manalapan
Jeff March 05, 2012 at 01:20 PM
They could have rebuilt the Brooklyn bridge in less time. It looks very nice but I will never get back the extra fifteen minutes each way to work and back that it cost me. Oh and let's not forget that our town didn't want the village Center there because it would create a traffic problem. Instead let's approve two super pharmcys to open next door to each other. If a grocery chain wanted to open there they would most likely have a problem with it. Oh, but yes the bridge is very pretty.
Dennis March 05, 2012 at 02:55 PM
you mean the village project is dead?????
Ash March 05, 2012 at 03:21 PM
You would think that after 16 months of construction they would have built it level? Look closer,thats not trick photography, distortion or error, thats lousy craftsmanship!
Roe March 05, 2012 at 03:36 PM
I would like to say how grateful I am to not be terrified of that narrow, death defying bend in the road anymore. Since it's been widen to accommodate some large trucks it's not as dangerous as it once was. Now if the powers that be could put a left turn signal on the South side of Woodward and 33, that would make that left turn not seem like a game of Russian roulette. There have been numerous accidents there and it's only a matter of time before it's a deadly one.
Louis Critelli March 05, 2012 at 03:44 PM
The road still has most of the bend that causes the accidents there. As you come North on Sweetman's Lane ( Coming from Millstone ) you drive down towards the bridge and the water and the road bends to the left..Most drivers cut this corner and go into the other lane..This still stayed the same . Also the Stone wall while attractive completely blocks the view of the water. Perhaps this was done on purpose to avaoid distraction otherwise stone pillars and an open style ( albeit heavy railing ) would have given it a nice look and a great view of the water. Ps. For you history buffs...The original MILLHURST MILL was not located at that site, it was located on Mill Road and there is a sign there which shows the original location.
Jack Krause March 05, 2012 at 04:15 PM
I am grateful for the re-opening of the bridge. I think that they did an excellent job. It is much safer now. However, there is a problem with cars entering the parking lot of Millhurst Road from the Rt. 33 direction. They tend to speed across the road without looking at who is coming off the bridge. This is not the fault of the bridge constuction.

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